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interest

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

noun
verb (used with object)
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Idioms about interest

    in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of: in the interests of good government.

Origin of interest

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English noun interest, intrest, entrest “legal claim or right,” from Medieval Latin, Latin interest “it concerns,” literally, “it is between,” replacing the Medieval Latin infinitive interesse, used as a noun, from Latin; see inter-, esse

OTHER WORDS FROM interest

o·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 interest

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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Cultural definitions for interest

interest

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with interest

interest

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

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