- a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money: If I won the lottery, I would invest the money, quit working and live off the interest.
- interest rate (def. 1).
Idioms about interest
Origin of interest
OTHER WORDS FROM interesto·ver·in·ter·est, nounpre·in·ter·est, noun, verbre·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object)
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How to use interest in a sentence
While 87 percent of Democrats say the coronavirus represents a threat to those vital interests — and 60 percent of independents agree — 48 percent of Republicans say the same.Poll: Sharp partisan differences now exist on foreign policy, views of American exceptionalism|Dan Balz, Scott Clement|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
They were able to take the resources and use them in the interests of the average Norwegian.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
Buffett’s move has boosted the already sky-high institutional interest in the cloud-computing firm, Singh said.Here’s who made a killing from Snowflake’s blockbuster IPO|Verne Kopytoff|September 16, 2020|Fortune
While special interest groups often submit draft legislation and regulations to policymakers, legal experts said executive orders are less common and aren’t subject to the same public scrutiny.Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open|by Michael Grabell and Bernice Yeung|September 14, 2020|ProPublica
Microsoft says it remains confident its proposal would have been “good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests.”‘A 2nd or 3rd tier player’: How the size of Oracle’s China business helped it win TikTok|eamonbarrett|September 14, 2020|Fortune
But in the case of black women, another study found no lack of interest.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress|Dean Obeidallah|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?|Brandy Zadrozny|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While public interest in Ebola continues to dwindle, the epidemic itself continues to soar.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine|Abby Haglage|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone|Samantha Levine|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, campaigns are spending less while the special-interest groups are spending more.The 100 Rich People Who Run America|Mark McKinnon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the parish churches, many of which are of great interest, the predominant styles are Decorated and Perpendicular.
And with some expressions of mutual good-will and interest, master and man separated.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
A desultory conversation on politics, in which neither took the slightest interest, was a safe neutral ground.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
His also was the intellectual point of view, and the intellectual interest in knowledge and its deductions.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for interest
- 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
Word Origin for interest
Cultural definitions for interest
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.
Other Idioms and Phrases with interest
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.