Interest Definition

ĭntrĭst, -tər-ĭst, -trĕst
interested, interests
noun
interests
Something, such as a quality, subject, or activity, that evokes this mental state.
Counts the theater among his interests.
American Heritage
A right or claim to something.
Webster's New World
Something, as a business, in which one participates or has a share.
Webster's New World
A right, claim, or legal share.
An interest in the new company.
American Heritage
Advantage; welfare; benefit.
Webster's New World
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verb
interested, interests
To excite the attention or curiosity of.
Webster's New World
To involve the interest, or concern, of; have an effect upon.
Webster's New World
To cause to have an interest or take part in.
Can I interest you in a drink before dinner?
Webster's New World
Interest means to bring someone’s attention to something.
An example of to interest is a store owner attracting shoppers with a decorated window.
YourDictionary
other
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.
Webster's New World Law
Partial or total ownership in an asset.
Webster's New World Finance
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idiom
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.

American Heritage
in the interest of
  • for the sake of
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Interest

Noun

Singular:
interest
Plural:
interests

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Interest

  • 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

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