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English Dictionary: interest by the DICT Development Group
3 results for interest
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music"
    Synonym(s): interest, involvement
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): sake, interest
  3. the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"
    Synonym(s): interest, interestingness
    Antonym(s): uninterestingness
  4. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
  5. (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"
    Synonym(s): interest, stake
  6. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
    Synonym(s): interest, interest group
  7. 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"
    Synonym(s): pastime, interest, pursuit
  1. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of [ant: bore, tire]
  2. be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
    Synonym(s): concern, interest, occupy, worry
  3. be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
    Synonym(s): matter to, interest
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Interest \In"ter*est\, n. [OF. interest, F. int[82]r[88]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Interest \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[82]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;
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