What does interest mean?

Definitions for interest
ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪstin·ter·est

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word interest.

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!"


  1. Interest(n.)

    Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity.

  2. Origin: [OF. interest, F. intrt, fr. L. interest it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse to be between, to be difference, to be importance; inter between + esse to be; cf. LL. interesse usury. See Essence.]


  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

  10. Origin: [OF. interest, F. intrt, fr. L. interest it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse to be between, to be difference, to be importance; inter between + esse to be; cf. LL. interesse usury. See Essence.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interest

    in′tėr-est, n. advantage: premium paid for the use of money (in Compound interest, the interest of each period is added to its principal, and the amount forms a new principal for the next period): any increase: concern: special attention: influence over others: share: participation.—n. (Spens.) In′teress, interest, concern.—v.t. to concern deeply.—Equitable interest, such interest as is protected by courts of equity, although it might not be at common law; Landed interest (see Landed); Vested interest, an interest thoroughly secure and inalienable, except for public use and upon compensation.—Make interest for, to secure interest on behalf of. [O. Fr. interest (Fr. intérêt)—L. interest, it is profitable, it concerns—inter, between, esse, to be.]

  2. Interest

    in′tėr-est, v.t. to engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite (in behalf of another).—adj. In′terested, having an interest or concern: affected or biassed by personal considerations, self-interest, &c.—adv. In′terestedly.—n. In′terestedness.—adj. In′teresting, engaging the attention or regard: exciting emotion or passion.—adv. In′terestingly.—n. In′terestingness.—In an interesting condition, in the family way. [From obs. interess—O. Fr. interesser, to concern—L. interesse.]

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

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How to say interest in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of interest in a Sentence

  1. John Kline:

    We will be watching with interest.

  2. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan:

    While we have a person of interest.

  3. Tove Maria Ryding:

    That's a clear conflict of interest.

  4. Li Feng:

    The interest is shifting to blue-chips.

  5. Philippe Lamboley:

    I don't know at all, it doesn't interest me.

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  • belangstellingAfrikaans
  • فائدة, اهتمامArabic
  • maraqAzerbaijani
  • интерес, лихваBulgarian
  • interèsCatalan, Valencian
  • úrok, zajímat, zájemCzech
  • buddWelsh
  • interesse, interessant, interessereDanish
  • interessieren, Interesse, ZinsGerman
  • ενδιαφέρον, συμφέρον, τόκοςGreek
  • intereso, interezo, interesiEsperanto
  • interés, interesarSpanish
  • interesBasque
  • kiinnostaa, etu, kiinnostus, intressi, korko, mielenkiinto, omistusFinnish
  • intérêt, intéresserFrench
  • suimScottish Gaelic
  • use, foayrManx
  • אינטרס, תשומת לב, עניין, ריביתHebrew
  • स्वारस्य, ब्याज, सूदHindi
  • érdek, érdeklődés, kamat, érdekelHungarian
  • interesseInterlingua
  • bungaIndonesian
  • interesse, interessare, attrarre, attenzioneItalian
  • 利息, 興味, 興味を引く, 利益, 関心, 利子Japanese
  • 흥미, 관심, 이자Korean
  • faîz, entres, riba, mereq, balkêşîKurdish
  • dominti, susidomėjimas, procentai, palūkanos, interesas, domėtis, domėjimasis, suinteresuotiLithuanian
  • procenti, interesēties, interese, interesēt, augļiLatvian
  • moni whakatupuMāori
  • പലിശ, താല്പര്യംMalayalam
  • faedah, bunga, minat, kepentinganMalay
  • interesse, belang, interest, interesseren, rente, belangstellingDutch
  • rente, interesse, interessere, interesseraNorwegian
  • odsetki, zainteresowanie, interesyPolish
  • interesse, interessar, jurosPortuguese
  • interesa, interes, interes material, preocupare, dobândăRomanian
  • интерес, заинтересовать, интересовать, интересоваться, заинтересоваться, процентRussian
  • kamata, камата, ȉnterēs, и̏нтере̄сSerbo-Croatian
  • úrokSlovak
  • ränta, intressera, intresseSwedish
  • ఆసక్తి, వడ్డీTelugu
  • faizTurkish
  • nitedön, nitedVolapük
  • 利益Chinese

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