[in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid]


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.

Origin of interested

1655–65; interest + -ed3 or -ed2
Related formsin·ter·est·ed·ly, adverbin·ter·est·ed·ness, nouno·ver·in·ter·est·ed, adjectiveo·ver·in·ter·est·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·in·ter·est·ed·ness, nounqua·si-in·ter·est·ed, adjectivequa·si-in·ter·est·ed·ly, adverbwell-in·ter·est·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interestedness

Historical Examples of interestedness

  • I might give them what degree of credit I pleased; and take them with abatement for Mr. Solmes's interestedness, if I thought fit.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The especial point of excellence which characterizes the work of the Negro teacher is its interestedness.

British Dictionary definitions for interestedness



showing or having interest
(usually prenominal) personally involved or implicatedthe interested parties met to discuss the business
Derived Formsinterestedly, adverbinterestedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for interestedness



"motivated by self-interest," 1705; "having an interest or stake (in something);" from past participle of interest (v.).

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