- 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 interests
Is it any wonder that the interests of large corporations and unions get to the front of the line?
“The threat streams to U.S. interests and Western interests are off the chart,” he said.
If few of the above studies seem relevant to your interests, then congratulations!Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?|Samantha Allen|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, he saw the overlap of interests as being horribly negative.
Cormac McCarthy once said that a novel can “encompass all the various disciplines and interests of humanity.”
And this must be true always where our interests are truly Christian interests.Our Lady Saint Mary|J. G. H. Barry
To protect his own interests Prescott decided to make an abridgment of his own, and thus to forestall the pirate.William Hickling Prescott|Harry Thurston Peck
I am assuming, of course, that the company knows its own interests just as well as you and your fellow workmen know yours.The Common Sense of Socialism|John Spargo
He was a strong, robust man in the prime of life, with a profession and hosts of acquaintances to help on his interests.Southern Hearts|Florence Hull Winterburn
Khush-newaz should take to wife one of his daughters, and thus unite the interests of the two reigning families.
- 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
"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.