[ in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid ]
/ ˈɪn tər ə stɪd, -trə stɪd, -təˌrɛs tɪd /


having an interest in something; concerned: Interested members will meet at noon.
having the attention or curiosity engaged: an interested spectator.
characterized by a feeling of interest.
influenced by personal or selfish motives: an interested witness.
participating; having an interest or share; having money involved.

Nearby words

  1. interdisciplinary,
  2. interest,
  3. interest group,
  4. interest rate,
  5. interest-rate futures,
  6. interesterification,
  7. interesting,
  8. interestingly,
  9. interface,
  10. interfacial

Origin of interested

1655–65; interest + -ed3 or -ed2

Related forms


[ in-ter-ist, -trist ]
/ ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst /


verb (used with object)

Origin of interest

1225–75; (noun) Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin: it concerns, literally, it is between; replacing interesse < Medieval Latin, Latin: to concern, literally, to be between; (v.) earlier interess as v. use of the noun; see inter-, esse

Related formso·ver·in·ter·est, nounpre·in·ter·est, noun, verbre·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interested


/ (ˈɪntrɪstɪd, -tərɪs-) /


showing or having interest
(usually prenominal) personally involved or implicatedthe interested parties met to discuss the business
Derived Formsinterestedly, adverbinterestedness, noun


/ (ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst) /


verb (tr)

to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
to cause to become involved in something; concern

Word Origin for interest

C15: from Latin: it concerns, from interesse; from inter- + esse to be

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Word Origin and History for interested
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for interested


The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.

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Idioms and Phrases with interested


see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.

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