Definitions for interestˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•estˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst(n.)

  1. a feeling of having one's attention, concern, or curiosity particularly engaged by something:

    She has an interest in architecture.

  2. something that arouses such feelings; something in which one is interested:

    Chess is his only interest.

  3. the power to excite such feelings; quality of being interesting:

    a subject that holds little interest for me.

  4. concern or importance:

    a matter of primary interest.

  5. a business, cause, etc., in which a person has a share, concern, or responsibility.

  6. a legal share, right, or title, as in the ownership of property or in a business undertaking.

    Category: Business

  7. participation in a cause or in advantage or responsibility.

  8. Often, interests. a group exerting influence on and often financially involved in an enterprise, industry, or sphere of activity.

  9. the state of being affected by something in respect to advantage or detriment.

  10. Often, interests. benefit; advantage:

    We have your best interests in mind.

  11. regard for one's own advantage or profit; self-interest.

  12. influence due to personal importance or capability.

  13. a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money. such a sum expressed as a percentage of the amount borrowed to be paid over a given period, usu. one year.

    Category: Business

  14. something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent:

    He returned the insult with interest.

  15. (v.t.)to engage or excite the attention or curiosity of.

  16. to concern (a person, nation, etc.) in something; involve.

  17. to cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate.

Idioms for interest:

  1. in the interest(s) of,for the sake of; on behalf of.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of interest:

1225–75; late ME, alter. of ME interesse < ML, L: to concern, lit., to be between =inter-inter-+esse to be

Princeton's WordNet

  1. interest, involvement(noun)

    a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

    "an interest in music"

  2. sake, interest(noun)

    a reason for wanting something done

    "for your sake"; "died for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"

  3. interest, interestingness(noun)

    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

    "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"

  4. interest(noun)

    a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed

    "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"

  5. interest, stake(noun)

    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

    "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"

  6. interest, interest group(noun)

    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

    "the iron interests stepped up production"

  7. pastime, interest, pursuit(verb)

    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

    "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"

  8. interest(verb)

    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

  9. concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

  10. matter to, interest(verb)

    be of importance or consequence

    "This matters to me!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interest(noun)ˈɪntrəst

    a feeling that you want to know about or pay attention to sth

    He has a strong interest in folk music.; We followed the news stories with interest.; He took a special interest in me after seeing me play.

  2. interestˈɪntrəst

    to stop paying attention to

    The kids soon lost interest in what she was saying.

  3. interestˈɪntrəst

    a quality that makes you want to know more about sth

    buildings of historical interest; an article that might be of interest to you

  4. interestˈɪntrəst

    a hobby or leisure activity

    What are your interests?

  5. interestˈɪntrəst

    money charged by a bank when it lends money or paid to you when you save money

    to pay interest

  6. interestˈɪntrəst

    ***an advantage or benefit

  7. interestˈɪntrəst

    in order to help

    restrictions imposed in the interest of public safety

  8. interestˈɪntrəst

    of use or benefit to sb

    It was not in our interest to answer their questions.

  9. interestˈɪntrəst

    best for sb

    Sometimes taking a child out of the home is in the child's best interests.

  10. interest(verb)ˈɪntrəst

    to cause you to want to know about or pay attention to sth

    Tracing my family history interests me.


  1. interest(Noun)

    The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed.

    Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.

  2. interest(Noun)

    A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity.

    He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.

  3. interest(Noun)

    Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.

  4. interest(Noun)

    A business or amorous link or involvement.

    I have business interests in South Africa.

  5. interest(Noun)

    Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.

  6. interest(Verb)

    To attract attention or concern.

    It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.

  7. Origin: From interesse and interest (French: intérêt), from interesse, from interesse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interest(noun)

    to engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work

  2. Interest(noun)

    to be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally

  3. Interest(noun)

    to cause or permit to share

  4. Interest(noun)

    excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern

  5. Interest(noun)

    participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks

  6. Interest(noun)

    advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit

  7. Interest(noun)

    premium paid for the use of money, -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars

  8. Interest(noun)

    any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered

  9. Interest(noun)

    the persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest


  1. Interest

    Interest is a fee paid by a borrower of assets to the owner as a form of compensation for the use of the assets. It is most commonly the price paid for the use of borrowed money, or money earned by deposited funds. When money is borrowed, interest is typically paid to the lender as a percentage of the principal, the amount owed to the lender. The percentage of the principal that is paid as a fee over a certain period of time is called the interest rate. A bank deposit will earn interest because the bank is paying for the use of the deposited funds. Assets that are sometimes lent with interest include money, shares, consumer goods through hire purchase, major assets such as aircraft, and even entire factories in finance lease arrangements. The interest is calculated upon the value of the assets in the same manner as upon money. Interest is compensation to the lender, for a risk of principal loss, called credit risk; and b forgoing other investments that could have been made with the loaned asset. These forgone investments are known as the opportunity cost. Instead of the lender using the assets directly, they are advanced to the borrower. The borrower then enjoys the benefit of using the assets ahead of the effort required to pay for them, while the lender enjoys the benefit of the fee paid by the borrower for the privilege. In economics, interest is considered the price of credit.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #305

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #638

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interest' in Nouns Frequency: #50

Anagrams of interest

  1. sternite

Translations for interest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


curiosity; attention

That newspaper story is bound to arouse interest.

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