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interest

noun (n)

  • a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: involvement
    Example:
    An interest in music.
    source: wordnet30
  • a reason for wanting something done (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: sake
    Example:
    In the interest of safety.
    In the common interest.
    source: wordnet30
  • the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.) (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    They said nothing of great interest.
    Primary colors can add interest to a room.
    source: wordnet30
  • a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed (noun.possession)
    Example:
    How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?.
    source: wordnet30
  • (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something (noun.possession)
    Synonym: stake
    Example:
    They have interests all over the world.
    source: wordnet30
  • (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims (noun.group)
    Synonym: interest group
    Example:
    The iron interests stepped up production.
    source: wordnet30
  • a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) (noun.act)
    Synonym: pastime, pursuit
    Example:
    He counts reading among his interests.
    source: wordnet30
  • Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of (verb.emotion)
    Antonym: bore, tire
    source: wordnet30
  • be on the mind of (verb.stative)
    Synonym: concern, occupy, worry
    source: wordnet30
  • be of importance or consequence (verb.stative)
    Synonym: matter to
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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