1 : a feeling of wanting to learn more about something or to be involved in something She told us about her lifelong interest in music. I have no interest in politics. <=I am not interested in politics> See More ExamplesThe kids listened to the speaker for a little while, but then lost interest. The speaker wasn"t able to hold/keep their interest. I"ve been following his career with (great) interest. She took/had an active interest in the political debate. He expressed/showed an interest in learning more about photography.Hide


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2 : a quality that attracts your attention and makes you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something The stories about his personal life add interest to the book. He looked through the available magazines, but found nothing of interest. <=nothing interesting> See More ExamplesI thought this article might be of interest to you. We visited many places of interest on our vacation. The price of the ticket was a matter of interest to everyone. a story that has human interest = a human-interest story <=a story that is interesting because it involves the experiences of real people>Hide
3 : something (such as a hobby) that a person enjoys learning about or doing Music is one of her many interests. She has a number of outside interests. <=things that she enjoys doing when she is not working>

Synonyms for interest

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun She told us about her lifelong interest in music. The kids listened to the speaker for a little while, but then lost interest. The speaker wasn"t able to hold their interest. She took an active interest in the political debate. He expressed an interest in learning more about photography. The stories about his personal life add interest to the book. I thought this article might be of interest to you. We visited many places of interest on our vacation. The price of the ticket was a matter of interest to everyone. Music is one of her many interests. Verb Military history doesn"t really interest me. It might interest you to know that the woman in this photograph is your great-grandmother. It interested me to learn that she had once lived in California. The salesman tried to interest me in a more expensive computer.
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First Known Use of interest

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a(1)

Verb

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2


History and Etymology for interest

Noun

Middle English, probably alteration of earlier interesse, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, to be between, make a difference, concern, from inter- + esse to be — more at is