- 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.
Origin of interested
- the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is particularly engaged by something: She has a great interest in the poetry of Donne.
- something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person: His interests are philosophy and chess.
- power of exciting such concern, involvement, etc.; quality of being interesting: political issues of great interest.
- concern; importance: a matter of primary interest.
- a business, cause, or the like in which a person has a share, concern, responsibility, etc.
- a share, right, or title in the ownership of property, in a commercial or financial undertaking, or the like: He bought half an interest in the store.
- a participation in or concern for a cause, advantage, responsibility, etc.
- a number or group of persons, or a party, financially interested in the same business, industry, or enterprise: the banking interest.
- interests, the group of persons or organizations having extensive financial or business power.
- the state of being affected by something in respect to advantage or detriment: We need an arbiter who is without interest in the outcome.
- benefit; advantage: to have one's own interest in mind.
- regard for one's own advantage or profit; self-interest: The partnership dissolved because of their conflicting interests.
- influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others.
- a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money.
- such a sum expressed as a percentage of money borrowed to be paid over a given period, usually one year.
- something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent: Jones paid him back with a left hook and added a right uppercut for interest.
- to engage or excite the attention or curiosity of: Mystery stories interested him greatly.
- to concern (a person, nation, etc.) in something; involve: The fight for peace interests all nations.
- to cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate: to interest a person in an enterprise.
- to cause to be concerned; affect.
- in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of: in the interests of good government.
Origin of interest
Examples from the Web for interested
“I heard Jeffrey was interested in supporting science and I contacted him,” Krauss said.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Monir is not interested in classic dances like tango or ballet.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
“Although major presses covered below news since last night, not many people is interested in their threat,” wrote Hwang.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
None of us were interested in making a film about a speech, a statue, or all that good stuff; it was about getting underneath it.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
She was so great and it made everything click for me, because I was also interested in journalism.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Your observations have interested me deeply; they shall have my most high attention.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The Phoenicians who were not interested in piety succeeded where the others had failed.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But Charles Merchant was only interested in what the fellow had said and done when he talked with her.
"Here's something you might be interested to know," said Scottie.
Of course, the interested reader should read all three biographies.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
- showing or having interest
- (usually prenominal) personally involved or implicatedthe interested parties met to discuss the business
- the sense of curiosity about or concern with something or someonean interest in butterflies
- the power of stimulating such a senseto have great interest
- the quality of such stimulation
- something in which one is interested; a hobby or pursuit
- (often plural) benefit; advantagein one's own interest
- (often plural)
- a right, share, or claim, esp in a business or property
- the business, property, etc, in which a person has such concern
- a charge for the use of credit or borrowed money
- such a charge expressed as a percentage per time unit of the sum borrowed or used
- (often plural) a section of a community, etc, whose members have common aimswe must not offend the landed interest
- declare an interest to make known one's connection, esp a prejudicial connection, with an affair
- to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
- to cause to become involved in something; concern
Word Origin and History for interested
"motivated by self-interest," 1705; "having an interest or stake (in something);" from past participle of interest (v.).
"to cause to be interested," c.1600, earlier interesse (1560s), from the noun (see interest (n.)). Perhaps also from or influenced by interess'd, past participle of interesse.
mid-15c., "legal claim or right; concern; benefit, advantage;" earlier interesse (late 14c.), from Anglo-French interesse "what one has a legal concern in," from Medieval Latin interesse "compensation for loss," noun use of Latin interresse "to concern, make a difference, be of importance," literally "to be between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + esse "to be" (see essence).
Cf. German Interesse, from the same Medieval Latin source. Form in English influenced 15c. by French interest "damage," from Latin interest "it is of importance, it makes a difference," third person singular present of interresse. Financial sense of "money paid for the use of money lent" (1520s) earlier was distinguished from usury (illegal under Church law) by being in reference to "compensation due from a defaulting debtor." Meaning "curiosity" is first attested 1771. Interest group is attested from 1907; interest rate by 1868.
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.