Definitions of interest

  1. To engage the attention of; a waken curiosity, care, etc., in; cause to take a share in; as, to interest oneself in politics.
  2. To engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite ( in behalf of another).
  3. To awaken concern in; to concern.
  4. To awaken the interest of; engage in.
  5. be of importance or consequence; " This matters to me!"
  6. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  7. To awaken concern in; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favour of, but sometimes against; to give a share in.
  8. To concern; to affect; to engage, as the attention or affections; to give or have a share in.
  9. ( usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; " the iron interests stepped up production"
  10. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; " how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  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. To cause or permit to share.
  13. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern.
  14. Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
  15. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
  16. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
  17. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.
  18. 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.
  19. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; - often used impersonally.
  20. Premium paid for the use of money, - usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Concern; share; premium for the use of money.
  24. Attention with concern or desire to know.
  25. Profit; benefit.
  26. Payment for the use of money.
  27. Influence.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.