[in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid]
having an interest in something; concerned: Interested members will meet at noon.
having the attention or curiosity engaged: an interested spectator.
characterized by a feeling of interest.
influenced by personal or selfish motives: an interested witness.
participating; having an interest or share; having money involved.

1655–65; interest + -ed3 or -ed2

interestedly, adverb
interestedness, noun
overinterested, adjective
overinterestedly, adverb
overinterestedness, noun
quasi-interested, adjective
quasi-interestedly, adverb
well-interested, adjective
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interested (ˈɪntrɪstɪd, -tərɪs-)
1.  showing or having interest
2.  (usually prenominal) personally involved or implicated: the interested parties met to discuss the business

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Word Origin & History

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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Cultural Dictionary

interest definition

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

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