- 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)
- interdigitating cell,
- interest group,
- interest rate,
- interest-rate futures,
Origin of interest
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
- 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.