interesting

[ in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting ]
/ ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ /
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adjective

engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.

Nearby words

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

Idioms

    in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.

Origin of interesting

First recorded in 1705–15; interest + -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR interesting
1. absorbing, entertaining. Interesting, pleasing, gratifying mean satisfying to the mind. Something that is interesting occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle. Something that is pleasing engages the mind favorably: a pleasing account of the wedding. Something that is gratifying fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail.

Related formsin·ter·est·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·est·ing·ness, nounun·in·ter·est·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·est·ing·ly, adverb

interest

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

noun

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for interesting

interesting

/ (ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ, -tərɪs-) /

adjective

inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Formsinterestingly, adverbinterestingness, noun

interest

/ (ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst) /

noun

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 interesting
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Culture definitions for interesting

interest

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

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Idioms and Phrases with interesting

interest

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

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