- 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)
Words nearby interest
Idioms for 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)
Examples from the Web for interest
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|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.
This does not reflect lack of interest in a better environment.
The only interest served by the Guardians of Peace is our prurient interest.
At this point in his life, Denton has enough filthy lucre in his bank account to affect a certain lack of interest in the stuff.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Breakfast over, each individual disposes of himself as best accords with inclination or interest.
Mr. Travilla asked, regarding her with interest as she took the book and opened it.Mildred at Home|Martha Finley
This Prize, which is kept up by the interest accruing every three years, has been awarded at Cambridge regularly since 1845.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
The bank official—for such Mr. Robinson was—listened with interest to all Philip Bartlett had to tell.Randy of the River|Horatio Alger Jr.
Mather vindicates his taking such an interest in her case, on the ground that she was one of his "poor flock."Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather|Charles W. Upham
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.
Idioms and Phrases with interest
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.