- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of interest
Related Words for interestimportance, significance, sympathy, passion, activity, enthusiasm, concern, profit, prosperity, benefit, well-being, gain, right, stake, influence, commitment, involvement, participation, earnings, engross
Examples from the Web for interest
Contemporary Examples of interest
But in the case of black women, another study found no lack of interest.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Campaigns like opechatesgays.com assume that LGBT people are an interest group with only one interest: their own.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
This does not reflect lack of interest in a better environment.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
The only interest served by the Guardians of Peace is our prurient interest.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of interest
Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Nevertheless I continued to treat him well on account of the interest you felt in him.Brave and Bold
As for art and the sciences, these did not interest them very much.
It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.
Strong as is the tie of interest, it has been often found ineffectual.
- 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
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.
"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.
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.