interest

[ in-ter-ist, -trist ]
/ ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. interdigit,
  2. interdigitate,
  3. interdigitating cell,
  4. interdigitation,
  5. interdisciplinary,
  6. interest group,
  7. interest rate,
  8. interest-rate futures,
  9. interested,
  10. interesterification

Idioms

    in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of: in the interests of good government.

Origin of interest

1225–75; (noun) Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin: it concerns, literally, it is between; replacing interesse < Medieval Latin, Latin: to concern, literally, to be between; (v.) earlier interess as v. use of the noun; see inter-, esse

Related formso·ver·in·ter·est, nounpre·in·ter·est, noun, verbre·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for in the interest of

interest

/ (ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst) /

noun

verb (tr)

to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
to cause to become involved in something; concern

Word Origin for interest

C15: from Latin: it concerns, from interesse; from inter- + esse to be

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Culture definitions for in the interest of

interest

The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.

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Idioms and Phrases with in the interest of

in the interest of

see in one's interest.

interest

see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.

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