/ˈɪntrəst / (say 'intruhst), /-tərəst/ (say -tuhruhst)

1. the feeling of someone whose attention or curiosity is particularly engaged by something: to have great interest in a subject.
2. a particular feeling of this kind: a woman of varied intellectual interests.
3. the power of exciting such feeling; interesting quality: questions of great interest.
4. concernment, importance, or moment: a matter of primary interest.
5. a business, cause, or the like, in which a number of persons are interested.
6. a share in the ownership of property, in a commercial or financial undertaking, or the like.
7. any right of ownership in property, commercial undertakings, etc.
8. a number or group of persons, or a party, having a common interest: the banking interest.
9. something in which one has an interest, as of ownership, advantage, attention, etc.
10. the relation of being affected by something in respect of advantage or detriment: an arbitrator having no interest in the outcome.
11. benefit or advantage: to have one's own interest in mind.
12. regard for one's own advantage or profit; self-interest: rival interests.
13. Commerce
a. payment, or a sum paid, for the use of money borrowed (the principal), or for the forbearance of a debt.
b. the rate per cent per unit of time represented by such payment.
14. something added or thrown in above an exact equivalent.
15. Obsolete influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others.
verb (t)
16. to engage or excite the attention or curiosity of: a story which interested him greatly.
17. to concern (a person, etc.) in something; involve: every citizen is interested in this law.
18. to cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate: to interest a person in an enterprise.
19. in the interest (or interests) of, on the side of what is advantageous to; on behalf of: in the interest of good government.
{late Middle English, adoption of Anglo-French interest in place of Middle English interess, from Medieval Latin interesse compensation for loss (noun use of Latin infinitive)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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