the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is particularly engaged by something: She has a great interest in the poetry of Donne.
something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person: His interests are philosophy and chess.
power of exciting such concern, involvement, etc.; quality of being interesting: political issues of great interest.
a business, cause, or the like in which a person has a share, concern, responsibility, etc.
a share, right, or title in the ownership of property, in a commercial or financial undertaking, or the like: He bought half an interest in the store.
a participation in or concern for a cause, advantage, responsibility, etc.
a number or group of persons, or a party, financially interested in the same business, industry, or enterprise: the banking interest.
interests, the group of persons or organizations having extensive financial or business power.
the state of being affected by something in respect to advantage or detriment: We need an arbiter who is without interest in the outcome.
regard for one's own advantage or profit; self-interest: The partnership dissolved because of their conflicting interests.
influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others.
a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money: If I won the lottery, I would invest the money, quit working and live off the interest.
something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent: Jones paid him back with a left hook and added a right uppercut for interest.
to engage or excite the attention or curiosity of: Mystery stories interested him greatly.
to concern (a person, nation, etc.) in something; involve: The fight for peace interests all nations.
to cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate: to interest a person in an enterprise.
to cause to be concerned; affect.
Idioms about interest
in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of: in the interests of good government.
- o·ver·in·ter·est, noun
- pre·in·ter·est, noun, verb
- re·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object)
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How to use interest in a sentence
On the heels of Lululemon’s major acquisition of Mirror, which it announced in late June, moderator Jordan Crook inquired whether Fabletics had its own interests in expanding its footprint beyond activewear.Fabletics’ Adam Goldenberg and Kevin Hart on what’s next for the activewear empire | Lucas Matney | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
I strongly believe this adjustment is in the best interest of the Patrick Henry Sideline Cheer Club and its students.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
After a rush of investor interest the day of the IPO, traders tend to sell off shares for a quick profit on day two.Investors in Snowflake’s IPO should prepare for a second-day slump | Oliver Staley | September 17, 2020 | Quartz
If Democrats do well in November, pressure will be overwhelming on members of Congress to deliver in key ways for interest groups that supported them.
I ask that with a certain level of personal interest because I was also the family cook growing up.Tom Colicchio Hopes (and Fears) COVID-19 Will Change the Restaurant Industry | Pallabi Munsi | September 16, 2020 | Ozy
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.
What Kraft actually meant was, this decision was made in the best interests of the 32 corporations that own NFL teams.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, he saw the overlap of interests as being horribly negative.
These differences of interests will lead to disputes, ill blood, and finally to separation.
Hence arise factions, dissensions, and loss to their religious interests and work; and these intruders seek to rule the others.
He takes a turn up and down the room, looks at the music, and if the piece interests him, he will call upon you.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
And we will also settle and assure the particular rights and interests of every planter and adventurer.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It is exceedingly difficult and is one of the few of his compositions that it interests Liszt to know that people play.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for interest
the sense of curiosity about or concern with something or someone: an interest in butterflies
the power of stimulating such a sense: to have great interest
the quality of such stimulation
something in which one is interested; a hobby or pursuit
(often plural) benefit; advantage: in one's own interest
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
(often plural) a section of a community, etc, whose members have common aims: we must not offend the landed interest
declare an interest to make known one's connection, esp a prejudicial connection, with an affair
to arouse or excite the curiosity or concern of
to cause to become involved in something; concern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for interest
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with interest
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.
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