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Definitions of interest

  1. be on the mind of; " What is worrying you?"
  2. be of importance or consequence; " This matters to me!"
  3. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts ( usually pleasantly); " sailing is her favorite pastime"; " his main pastime is gambling"; " he counts reading among his interests"; " they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
  4. a reason for wanting something done; " for your sake"; " died for the sake of his country"; " in the interest of safety"; " in the common interest"
  5. the power of attracting or holding one's interest ( because it is unusual or exciting etc.); " they said nothing of great interest"; " primary colors can add interest to a room"
  6. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; " an interest in music"
  7. ( usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; " the iron interests stepped up production"
  8. a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; " they have interests all over the world"; " a stake in the company's future"
  9. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; " how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  10. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  11. ( law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; " they have interests all over the world"; " a stake in the company's future"
  12. be on the mind of; " I worry about the second Germanic consonant"
  13. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work.
  14. To cause or permit to share.
  15. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern.
  16. Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
  17. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
  18. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
  19. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.
  20. A commission you pay a bank or other creditor for lending you money or extending you credit. An interest rate represents the annual percentage that is added to your balance. This means that if your loan or credit line has an interest rate of 8%, the holder adds 8% to the balance each year. More specifically, interest is calculated and added to your loan or credit line through a process called compounding. If interest is compounded daily, the balance will rise by 1/ 365th of 8% each day. If interest is compounded monthly, the balance will rise 1/ 12th of 8% at the start of each month.
  21. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; - often used impersonally.
  22. Premium paid for the use of money, - usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.
  23. To engage the attention of; a waken curiosity, care, etc., in; cause to take a share in; as, to interest oneself in politics.
  24. Advantage; influence; as, he used his interest with the president to secure a position for his brother; personal concern; benefit; profit; sum paid for the use of money; share.
  25. Advantage: premium paid for the use of money ( in COMPOUND INTEREST, the interest of each period is added to its principal, and the amount forms a new principal for the next period): any increase: concern: special attention: influence over others: share: participation: a collective name for those interested in any particular business, measure, or the like; as, the landed interest of the country, the shipping interest of our principal ports.
  26. To engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite ( in behalf of another).
  27. Concern; share; premium for the use of money.
  28. To awaken concern in; to concern.
  29. To awaken the interest of; engage in.
  30. Attention with concern or desire to know.
  31. Profit; benefit.
  32. Payment for the use of money.
  33. Influence.
  34. Concern; advantage; good; influence over others; share; premium paid for the use of money. Simple interest, interest on the principal only. Compound interest, interest on the principal and added interest.
  35. To awaken concern in; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favour of, but sometimes against; to give a share in.
  36. Influence over others; benefit; good; regard to private profit or advantage; concern; share; price paid for the use or loan of money- the sum lent being called the principal, the interest for a year on £ 100 the rate, and the principal and interest the amount.
  37. To concern; to affect; to engage, as the attention or affections; to give or have a share in.
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Usage examples for interest

  1. Would it interest her to talk about Flaten? – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  2. Do you know, I took you to be just the person who would have a deep interest in that kind of thing." – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  3. Well, so do I; that is, I know he can interest one. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  4. The Teniers and Ostades no longer interest us as they did. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  5. The interest in her look was not the simple one to be expected. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  6. But still;- all that you can want is your client's interest. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  7. Joe was all interest. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. You need not think that I am going to do everything you ask me to, whether it is for my interest to do it or not. – Practical Ethics by William DeWitt Hyde
  9. The father took an interest there. – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  10. As a friend she may feel some interest in him, I suppose. – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  11. For an interest in it, either a part or the whole? – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  12. Don't you see it is in my interest that he should marry a rich person? – Washington Square by Henry James
  13. But I don't see why it should interest you." – The Reverberator by Henry James
  14. Already this was a new interest in life. – Helena Brett's Career by Desmond Coke
  15. Mary was looking at him with kind interest. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  16. She looked with a new interest at her father. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  17. And I thank you for your interest. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  18. He could take no sort of interest in it at present. – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  19. Why should he come and watch me, and take this interest in my well- being? – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  20. You will see I speak of this as a matter of interest. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
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