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Definitions of interest

  1.   a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; " how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  2.   To engage the attention of; a waken curiosity, care, etc., in; cause to take a share in; as, to interest oneself in politics.
  3.   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"
  4.   The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.
  5.   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.
  6.   Concern; share; premium for the use of money.
  7.   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.
  8.   excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  9.   To awaken the interest of; engage in.
  10.   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"
  11.   Attention with concern or desire to know.
  12.   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"
  13.   Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
  14.   be of importance or consequence; " This matters to me!"
  15.   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.
  16.   Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
  17.   Payment for the use of money.
  18.   To engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite ( in behalf of another).
  19.   a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; " an interest in music"
  20.   Profit; benefit.
  21.   be on the mind of; " What is worrying you?"
  22.   To awaken concern in; to concern.
  23.   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.
  24.   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"
  25.   Influence.
  26.   ( usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; " the iron interests stepped up production"
  27.   To concern; to affect; to engage, as the attention or affections; to give or have a share in.
  28.   Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
  29.   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.
  30.   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.
  31.   be on the mind of; " I worry about the second Germanic consonant"
  32.   Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern.
  33.   ( 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"
  34.   To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; - often used impersonally.
  35.   To cause or permit to share.
  36.   To awaken concern in; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favour of, but sometimes against; to give a share in.
  37.   Premium paid for the use of money, - usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.

Quotes of interest

  1. Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. – William J. Brennan, Jr.
  2. I'm enormously proud of the fact that Star Trek has really not just sparked an interest but encouraged, a few generations of people to go into the sciences. – LeVar Burton
  3. I mean, I'm a conservative. I believe that, you know, if you borrow too much, you just build up debts for your children to pay off. You put pressure on interest rates. You put at risk your economy. That's the case in Britain. We're not a reserve currency, so we need to get on and deal with this issue. – David Cameron
  4. The study of music was a family interest – Emanuel Celler
  5. A wartime Minister of Information is compelled, in the national interest to such continuous acts of duplicity that even his natural hair must grow to resemble a wig. – Claud Cockburn
  6. It creates a conflict of interest what songs would I use for me, and what would I use for the band. – Martin Gore
  7. My key interest in choosing scripts is character -driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot. – Lasse Hallstrom
  8. Yet our small business owners across the country are unfairly losing potential interest income on a daily basis until the Business Checking Freedom Act becomes law. – Sue Kelly
  9. In those days, between the ages of 12 and 18 you meant nothing. You were the extra place at the side table if someone came to dinner. You were of no interest to anyone. – Alexis Korner
  10. The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest – Jose Marti
  11. I'm not qualified to do anything else. So there better be another job. I'm kind of stuck now. I'm enjoying my life and I'm enjoying my work, and I'm enjoying the fact that the work I'm doing is garnering some interest and that's great. I just hope that it continues. – Alfred Molina
  12. The trade of banks is the buying and selling of interest and exchange. – William Petty
  13. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest – Adam Smith
  14. I want to build a studio in my backyard. The interest rates are low now, so who knows. – Paul Taylor
  15. Dates and periods are of interest only to the student of musical history. – Peter Warlock

Usage examples for interest

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

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