[ in-ter-ist, -trist ]
/ ˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst /
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.
concern; importance: a matter of primary 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.
benefit; advantage: to have one's own interest in mind.
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.
- such a sum expressed as a percentage of money borrowed to be paid over a given period, usually one year.
something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent: Jones paid him back with a left hook and added a right uppercut for interest.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Idioms for interest
in the interest(s) of, to the advantage or advancement of; in behalf of: in the interests of good government.
Origin of interest
OTHER WORDS FROM interesto·ver·in·ter·est, nounpre·in·ter·est, noun, verbre·in·ter·est, noun, verb (used with object)
Words nearby interest
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British Dictionary definitions for reinterest
/ (ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst) /
the sense of curiosity about or concern with something or someonean interest in butterflies
the power of stimulating such a senseto have great interest
the quality of such stimulation
something in which one is interested; a hobby or pursuit
(often plural) benefit; advantagein 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 aimswe 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
Word Origin for interest
C15: from Latin: it concerns, from interesse; from inter- + esse to be
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 reinterest
The charge for borrowing money or the return for lending it.
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Idioms and Phrases with reinterest
see in one's interest; take an interest; vested interest; with interest.
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