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have a vested interest (in something)

To have a personal stake in something, typically because one could 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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vest (one) with (something)

To grant or endow something, such as power, rights, control, etc., to some specific person or group. Don't you think you've vested the supervisors of each department with a bit too much autonomy? The state has vested me with the power to unite two people in matrimony, a privilege that I do not take lightly. I'm vesting my granddaughter, Sophia, control over my entire fortune.
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vest (something) in (someone or something)

To grant, place, or endow something, such as power, rights, control, etc., under the authority of some specific person or group. Often used in passive constructions. Don't you think you've vested a bit too much autonomy in your supervisors? By the powers vested in me by the state of Wyoming, I grant you husband and wife! I'm vesting control over my fortune in my granddaughter, Sophia.
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vested interest

A strong, self-motivated interest or stake (in someone or something). The industry accounts for nearly 30% of our annual revenue, so of course we have a vested interest in any legislation that could affect it. He's got a $200 bet riding on this team, so yes, you could say he's got a vested interest in whether they win or lose.
See also: interest, vested
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*vested interest (in something)

Fig. a personal or biased interest, often financial, in something. (*Typically: have ~; give someone ~.) Margaret has a vested interest in wanting her father to sell the family firm. She has shares in it and would make a large profit. Bob has a vested interest in keeping the village traffic-free. He has a summer home there.
See also: interest, vested
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

vested interest

A personal stake in something, as in She has a vested interest in keeping the house in her name. This term, first recorded in 1818, uses vested in the sense of "established" or "secured."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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).
See also: have, interest, vested
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vested interest

A personal stake in an existing arrangement or institution; also, in the plural (vested interests), those who have such a stake. In his oft-quoted essay On Liberty (1859), John Stuart Mill wrote, “The doctrine ascribes to all mankind a vested interest in each other’s moral, intellectual, and even physical perfection.”
See also: interest, vested
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The court stated that although an employer may waive its right to modify or terminate benefits under a welfare benefit plan by providing for vested, unalterable benefits, such an intention on the part of an employer must be found in the plan documents and must be stated in clear and express language.
It is now clear that beneficiaries need not have a vested income interest or a vested remainder interest to be considered in possession of a present interest.
Example 2: Participant P, who is 40% vested in his company contribution account of $1,000, makes a $400 inservice withdrawal from that account.
"At USD1.3 trillion and growing, we have a student debt crisis with no solutions," said Vested CEO Lorne Abony.
An advantage of lay ministers being vested is the uniformity of clothing.
The expense should include compensation costs associated with awards that are partially vested at the date of adoption.
Placing assets in an offshore trust is treated as the transfer of property triggering immediate taxation (as vested) regardless of whether the assets are available to satisfy claims of general creditors (i.e., offshore rabbi trusts are not permitted).
The exercise-and-sell strategy is impractical since the options are not vested and there would be no resulting value.
"I feel a little sad," she says, "but it's a goal that hopefully I can achieve to get them all vested."
Properties were supposed to be vested into city hands within a year of the initial borough filing.
Employees are always fully and immediately vested in their own contributions to the plan.' The four standard types of vesting schedules are:
One-fourth of the common shares underlying each employee's option will vest on the one year anniversary of his or her date of hire and thereafter 1/48th of the shares underlying each employee's option will vest monthly and will be fully vested on the fourth anniversary of his or her date of hire in each case.
Lombard's police dog, Thor, will receive a protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from a nonprofit organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.