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Meaning & Definition of Interest in English

English

Interest

/ɪntrəst/

noun

1. A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

  • "An interest in music"
    synonym:
  • interest
  • ,
  • involvement

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • sake
  • ,
  • interest

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • interest
  • ,
  • interestingness

4. A fixed charge for borrowing money

  • Usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
  • "How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
    synonym:
  • interest

5. (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"
    synonym:
  • interest
  • ,
  • stake

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

  • "The iron interests stepped up production"
    synonym:
  • interest
  • ,
  • interest group

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • pastime
  • ,
  • interest
  • ,
  • pursuit

verb

1. Excite the curiosity of

  • Engage the interest of
    synonym:
  • interest

2. Be on the mind of

  • "I worry about the second germanic consonant shift"
    synonym:
  • concern
  • ,
  • interest
  • ,
  • occupy
  • ,
  • worry

3. Be of importance or consequence

  • "This matters to me!"
    synonym:
  • matter to
  • ,
  • interest

Examples of using

You've aroused my interest.
Tom has no interest in science.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.