Interest meaning

ĭntrĭst, -tər-ĭst, -trĕst
Interest is defined as the amount of money paid for the use of someone else's money.

An example of interest is the $20 that was earned this year on your savings account.

An example of interest is the $2000 you paid in interest this year on your home loan.

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(uncountable, finance) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]

Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.

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Advantage; welfare; benefit.
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To involve the interest, or concern, of; have an effect upon.
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An amount of money that an investor receives for leaving funds on deposit in an interest-bearing account, usually expressed in annual percentage terms.
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Legitimate concern with the outcome of a case or controversy, because of a likelihood that the outcome will affect one’s property rights or other rights or privileges.
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Compensation for making a loan, placing money on deposit, or other use of funds, expressed as a percentage of the principal, calculated and payable on a regular schedule.
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Interest calculated both on the principal and on previously accrued interest.
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A legal interest in the safety of property or the health and wellbeing of another person sufficient to permit the purchase of an insurance policy.
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(countable) A business or amorous link or involvement.

I have business interests in South Africa.

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To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing.

It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.

Action films don't really interest me.

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The definition of interest is the right or claim someone has over something.

An example of interest is a landlord’s care for the welfare of their building.

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Regard for one's own benefit or advantage; self-interest.

It is in your best interest to cooperate. She kept her own interests in mind.

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A fee that is charged by a lender to a borrower for the right to use the borrowed funds. The funds can be used to purchase a house, a car, or goods that were charged on a credit card, for example. The interest charge typically is expressed as an annual percentage rate.
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A group of people having a common concern or dominant power in some industry, occupation, cause, etc.

The steel interests.

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Any increase over what is owed.

To repay kindness with interest.

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To cause to have an interest or take part in.

Can I interest you in a drink before dinner?

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To excite the attention or curiosity of.
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(uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]

He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.

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(countable) Something one is interested in.

Lexicography is one of my interests.

Victorian furniture is an interest of mine.

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Interest means to bring someone’s attention to something.

An example of to interest is a store owner attracting shoppers with a decorated window.

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Involvement with or participation in something.

She has an interest in the quality of her education.

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To arouse the curiosity or hold the attention of.

Your opinions interest me.

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To cause to become involved or concerned with.

Tried to interest her in taking a walk.

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To concern or affect.
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Importance; consequence.

A matter of little interest.

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Partial or total ownership in an asset.
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Ownership of, or other right in, property.
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(uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
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A right or claim to something.
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Personal influence.
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in the interest
  • To the advantage of; for the sake of:.
    Thinking in the interest of the whole family; ate breakfast on the train in the interest of time.
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in the interest of
  • For the sake of.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the interest
in the interest of

Origin of interest

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin it is of importance third person sing. present tense of interesse to be between, take part in inter- inter- esse to be es- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French interesse and interest (French: intérêt), from Medieval Latin interesse, from Latin interesse.

    From Wiktionary