Interest means to bring someone’s attention to something.(verb)
An example of to interest is a store owner attracting shoppers with a decorated window.
Interest is defined as the amount of money paid for the use of someone else's money.(noun)
The definition of interest is the right or claim someone has over something.(noun)
An example of interest is a landlord’s care for the welfare of their building.
See interest in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME interesse < ML usury, compensation (in L, to be between, be different, interest < inter-, between + esse, to be: see is): altered, infl. by OFr interest < L, it interests, concerns, 3d pers. sing., pres. indic., of interesse
Origin: prob. < ME interessed < interesse + -ed
See interest in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin, it is of importance
Origin: , third person sing. present tense of interesse, to be between, take part in
Origin: : inter-, inter-
Origin: + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.
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