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 interest interest

noun

  • () a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something  ( involvement, interest )
    a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
     an interest in music
    an interest in music
  • () a reason for wanting something done  ( sake, interest )
    a reason for wanting something done
     for your sake
    for your sake
     died for the sake of his country
    died for the sake of his country
     in the interest of safety
    in the interest of safety
     in the common interest
    in the common interest
  • () the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)  ( interestingness, interest )
    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
     they said nothing of great interest
    they said nothing of great interest
     primary colors can add interest to a room
    primary colors can add interest to a room
  • () a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed  ( interest )
    a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
     how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?
    how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?
  • () (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something  ( stake, interest )
    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
     they have interests all over the world
    they have interests all over the world
     a stake in the company's future
    a stake in the company's future
  • () (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims  ( interest group, interest )
    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
     the iron interests stepped up production
    the iron interests stepped up production
  • () a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)  ( pursuit, pastime, interest )
    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
     sailing is her favorite pastime
    sailing is her favorite pastime
     his main pastime is gambling
    his main pastime is gambling
     he counts reading among his interests
    he counts reading among his interests
     they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits
    they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits
  • verb

  • () excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of  ( interest )
    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  • () be on the mind of  ( worry, interest, occupy, concern )
    be on the mind of
     I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift
    I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift
  • () be of importance or consequence  ( interest, matter to )
    be of importance or consequence
     This matters to me!
    This matters to me!