- engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
- arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.
- in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
Origin of interesting
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- 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 interesting
Interesting that those who sat in judgment of him found those two sets of beliefs to be incompatible.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
“I found him to to be an interesting person,” Krauss said of the first impression.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
These are eight of the most interesting laws passed in the second session of the 113th Congress.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Perhaps the most interesting and indeed relevant of this is the C2 (or Command and Control) addresses found in the malware.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
But by far the most interesting object, which held enormous fascination for me, sat high up on the top shelf.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Really it's been interesting, the jolliest time of my life, and it's got me all unsettled.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But no one knows whither it is bound, and that is what makes life so interesting.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The interview with the Sultan was the last, and was interesting and characteristic.
I spent a good deal of time this week trying to make it interesting.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It is interesting to note the advancement that has been made with this food.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- inspiring interest; absorbing
- 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 interesting
1711, "that concerns, important," from interest (v.). Meaning "so as to excite interest" is from 1768. Related: Interestingly. Euphemistic phrase interesting condition, etc., "pregnant" is from 1748.
"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.