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interest

[in-ter-ist, -trist] /ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst/
noun
1.
the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is particularly engaged by something:
She has a great interest in the poetry of Donne.
2.
something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person:
His interests are philosophy and chess.
3.
power of exciting such concern, involvement, etc.; quality of being interesting:
political issues of great interest.
4.
concern; importance:
a matter of primary interest.
5.
a business, cause, or the like in which a person has a share, concern, responsibility, etc.
6.
a share, right, or title in the ownership of property, in a commercial or financial undertaking, or the like:
He bought half an interest in the store.
7.
a participation in or concern for a cause, advantage, responsibility, etc.
8.
a number or group of persons, or a party, financially interested in the same business, industry, or enterprise:
the banking interest.
9.
interests, the group of persons or organizations having extensive financial or business power.
10.
the state of being affected by something in respect to advantage or detriment:
We need an arbiter who is without interest in the outcome.
11.
benefit; advantage:
to have one's own interest in mind.
12.
regard for one's own advantage or profit; self-interest:
The partnership dissolved because of their conflicting interests.
13.
influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others.
14.
Finance.
  1. a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money.
  2. such a sum expressed as a percentage of money borrowed to be paid over a given period, usually one year.
15.
something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent:
Jones paid him back with a left hook and added a right uppercut for interest.
verb (used with object)
16.
to engage or excite the attention or curiosity of:
Mystery stories interested him greatly.
17.
to concern (a person, nation, etc.) in something; involve:
The fight for peace interests all nations.
18.
to cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate:
to interest a person in an enterprise.
19.
to cause to be concerned; affect.
Idioms
20.
in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of:
in the interests of good government.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; (noun) Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin: it concerns, literally, it is between; replacing interesse < Medieval Latin, Latin: to concern, literally, to be between; (v.) earlier interess as v. use of the noun; see inter-, esse
Related forms
overinterest, noun
preinterest, noun, verb
reinterest, noun, verb (used with object)
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Examples for interest
  • The purpose of such an anthology must always be to arouse an interest rather than to satisfy a curiosity.
  • Investment interest expense that is not an itemized deduction.
  • They would also do away with taxes on capital gains and interest to encourage more investment and more savings.
  • Now is the the time to shop for these and other winter interest plants at your local nurseries, but be prepared for temptation.
  • But by domestic standards, it is part of a tidal wave of new interest in all things olive.
  • Mix gravel with rocks of varying sizes to add interest in large areas.
  • To give interest to a garden without disturbing its serenity, vary textures.
  • It can also be a natural springboard to developing a deeper interest in our own communities and history.
  • Succulents create wonderful habitat gardens for birds and pollinators and add architectural interest and drama to our environment.
  • Only recently has interest renewed in preserving these wild camelids and their domesticated relatives.
British Dictionary definitions for interest

interest

/ˈɪntrɪst; -tərɪst/
noun
1.
the sense of curiosity about or concern with something or someone an interest in butterflies
2.
the power of stimulating such a sense to have great interest
3.
the quality of such stimulation
4.
something in which one is interested; a hobby or pursuit
5.
(often pl) benefit; advantage in one's own interest
6.
(often pl)
  1. a right, share, or claim, esp in a business or property
  2. the business, property, etc, in which a person has such concern
7.
  1. a charge for the use of credit or borrowed money
  2. such a charge expressed as a percentage per time unit of the sum borrowed or used
8.
(often pl) a section of a community, etc, whose members have common aims we must not offend the landed interest
9.
declare an interest, to make known one's connection, esp a prejudicial connection, with an affair
verb (transitive)
10.
to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
11.
to cause to become involved in something; concern
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: it concerns, from interesse; from inter- + esse to be
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Word Origin and History for interest
interest
early 15c., earlier interesse (late 14c.), from Anglo-Fr. interesse "what one has a legal concern in," from M.L. interesse "compensation for loss," from L. interresse "to concern, make a difference, be of importance," lit. "to be between," from inter- "between" + esse "to be." Form influenced 15c. by O.Fr. interest "damage," from L. interest "it is of importance, it makes a difference," third pers. sing. present of interresse. Financial sense of "money paid for the use of money lent" (1529) earlier was distinguished from usury (illegal under Church law) by being in ref. to "compensation due from a defaulting debtor." Meaning "curiosity" is first attested 1771.
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interest in Culture

interest definition


The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.

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