have a vested interest (in something)

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have a vested interest (in something)

To be very interested in something, typically because one would potentially benefit from it. Of course I have a vested interest in how the board reacts to this proposal—if they like it, they might promote me!
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have a vested ˈinterest (in something)

have a personal reason for wanting something to happen, especially because you get some advantage from it: He has a vested interest in Mona leaving the firm (= perhaps because he may get her job).
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Under state law, Drye had a vested interest in the property at issue at his mother's death; he alone could determine what would be done with it or who would receive the proceeds.
The Service then noted that it was not dispositive that the donees at issue had a vested interest in the partnership; rather, the pivotal fact was that the partnership agreement vested the right to determine the timing of income distributions in the absolute discretion of the general partner.