Definitions for: Interest

[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music"
[n] (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
[n] 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"
[n] a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
[v] excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
[v] be on the mind of; "What is worrying you?"
[v] be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"

Webster (1913) Definition: In"ter*est, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interested; p. pr.
& vb. n. Interesting.] [From interess'd, p. p. of the older
form interess, fr. F. int['e]resser, L. interesse. See
Interest, n.]
1. 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.

To love our native country . . . to be interested in
its concerns is natural to all men. --Dryden.

A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages.

2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern;
to excite; -- often used impersonally. [Obs.]

Or rather, gracious sir, Create me to this glory,
since my cause Doth interest this fair quarrel.

3. To cause or permit to share. [Obs.]

The mystical communion of all faithful men is such
as maketh every one to be interested in those
precious blessings which any one of them receiveth
at God's hands. --Hooker.

Syn: To concern; excite; attract; entertain; engage; occupy;

In"ter*est, n. [OF. interest, F. int['e]r[^e]t, fr.
L. interest it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse to be
between, to be difference, to be importance; inter between +
esse to be; cf. LL. interesse usury. See Essence.]
1. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful,
accompanying special attention to some object; concern.

Note: Interest expresses mental excitement of various kinds
and degrees. It may be intellectual, or sympathetic and
emotional, or merely personal; as, an interest in
philosophical research; an interest in human suffering;
the interest which an avaricious man takes in money

So much interest have I in thy sorrow. --Shak.

2. Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility;
share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has
parted with his interest in the stocks.

3. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a
selfish benefit; profit; benefit.

Divisions hinder the common interest and public
good. --Sir W.

When interest calls of all her sneaking train.

4. Premium paid for the use of money, -- usually reckoned as
a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on
ten thousand dollars.

They have told their money, and let out Their coin
upon large interest. --Shak.

5. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent
for what is given or rendered.

You shall have your desires with interest. --Shak.

6. The persons interested in any particular business or
measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the
cotton interest.

Compound interest, interest, not only on the original
principal, but also on unpaid interest from the time it
fell due.

Simple interest, interest on the principal sum without
interest on overdue interest.

Synonyms: concern, interest group, interestingness, involvement, matter to, occupy, pastime, pursuit, sake, stake, worry

Antonyms: bore, tire, uninterestingness

See Also: absorb, arouse, avocation, bear on, behalf, benefit, by-line, color, colour, come to, compound interest, concern, controlling interest, curiosity, diversion, elicit, engage, engross, enkindle, enthusiasm, equity, evoke, fascinate, fascinate, fee, fire, fixed charge, grip, grubstake, hobby, intrigue, kindle, news, newsworthiness, occupy, part, percentage, pertain, portion, power, powerfulness, provoke, raise, recreation, refer, relate, reversion, right, security interest, share, sideline, simple interest, social group, spare-time activity, special interest, spellbind, terminable interest, touch, touch on, transfix, undivided interest, undivided right, vested interest, vividness, welfare, wonder

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