Origin of interested
- 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 interestedsympathetic, obsessed, keen, involved, engrossed, responsive, absorbed, implicated, attentive, excited, gone, fired, moved, predisposed, open, impressed, occupied, fascinated, hooked, stimulated
Examples from the Web for interested
Contemporary Examples of interested
“I heard Jeffrey was interested in supporting science and I contacted him,” Krauss said.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Monir is not interested in classic dances like tango or ballet.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
“Although major presses covered below news since last night, not many people is interested in their threat,” wrote Hwang.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
None of us were interested in making a film about a speech, a statue, or all that good stuff; it was about getting underneath it.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
She was so great and it made everything click for me, because I was also interested in journalism.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of interested
Your observations have interested me deeply; they shall have my most high attention.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The Phoenicians who were not interested in piety succeeded where the others had failed.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But Charles Merchant was only interested in what the fellow had said and done when he talked with her.
"Here's something you might be interested to know," said Scottie.
Of course, the interested reader should read all three biographies.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
- 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
"motivated by self-interest," 1705; "having an interest or stake (in something);" from past participle of interest (v.).
"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.
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.
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.