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Definitions of interest

  1. be on the mind of; "What is worrying you?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed; "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To cause or permit to share. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A commission you pay a bank or other creditor for lending you money or extending you credit. An interest rate represents the annual percentage that is added to your balance. This means that if your loan or credit line has an interest rate of 8%, the holder adds 8% to the balance each year. More specifically, interest is calculated and added to your loan or credit line through a process called compounding. If interest is compounded daily, the balance will rise by 1/365th of 8% each day. If interest is compounded monthly, the balance will rise 1/12th of 8% at the start of each month.
  21. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; - often used impersonally. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Premium paid for the use of money, - usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To engage the attention of; a waken curiosity, care, etc., in; cause to take a share in; as, to interest oneself in politics. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Advantage; influence; as, he used his interest with the president to secure a position for his brother; personal concern; benefit; profit; sum paid for the use of money; share. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Advantage: premium paid for the use of money (in COMPOUND INTEREST, the interest of each period is added to its principal, and the amount forms a new principal for the next period): any increase: concern: special attention: influence over others: share: participation: a collective name for those interested in any particular business, measure, or the like; as, the landed interest of the country, the shipping interest of our principal ports. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. To engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite (in behalf of another). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Concern; share; premium for the use of money. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To awaken concern in; to concern. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To awaken the interest of; engage in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Attention with concern or desire to know. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Profit; benefit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Payment for the use of money. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Influence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Concern; advantage; good; influence over others; share; premium paid for the use of money. Simple interest, interest on the principal only. Compound interest, interest on the principal and added interest. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To awaken concern in; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favour of, but sometimes against; to give a share in. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. Influence over others; benefit; good; regard to private profit or advantage; concern; share; price paid for the use or loan of money-the sum lent being called the principal, the interest for a year on £100 the rate, and the principal and interest the amount. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. To concern; to affect; to engage, as the attention or affections; to give or have a share in. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally. mso.anu.edu.au
  39. Premium paid for the use of money, -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars. mso.anu.edu.au
  40. in't[.e]r-est, n. advantage: premium paid for the use of money (in COMPOUND INTEREST, the interest of each period is added to its principal, and the amount forms a new principal for the next period): any increase: concern: special attention: influence over others: share: participation.--n. (Spens.) IN'TERESS, interest, concern.--v.t. to concern deeply.--EQUITABLE INTEREST, such interest as is protected by courts of equity, although it might not be at common law; LANDED INTEREST (see LANDED); VESTED INTEREST, an interest thoroughly secure and inalienable, except for public use and upon compensation.--MAKE INTEREST FOR, to secure interest on behalf of. [O. Fr. interest (Fr. intérêt)--L. interest, it is profitable, it concerns--inter, between, esse, to be.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  41. in't[.e]r-est, v.t. to engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite (in behalf of another).--adj. IN'TERESTED, having an interest or concern: affected or biassed by personal considerations, self-interest, &c.--adv. IN'TERESTEDLY.--n. IN'TERESTEDNESS.--adj. IN'TERESTING, engaging the attention or regard: exciting emotion or passion.--adv. IN'TERESTINGLY.--n. IN'TERESTINGNESS.--In an interesting condition, in the family way. [From obs. interess--O. Fr. interesser, to concern--L. interesse.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. Legal concern, title, right, (in property); pecuniary stake (in commercial undertaking &c.); VESTED ii.; advantage, profit, as it is (to) your i. to go, I do it in your i., in the i. (or ii.) of truth; thing in which one is concerned; principle in which a party is concerned; party having a common i., as the brewing i.; selfish pursuit of one\'s own welfare; make i., bring personal interest to bear (with person); concern, curiosity, esp. take an i., no i., in; money paid for use of money lent or for forbearance of debt; simple i. (reckoned on principal only, & paid at fixed intervals); compound i. (reckoned on principal& on accumulations of i.). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. Cause (person) to take personal interest or share (in); excite curiosity or attention of, whence interesting a., interestingly adv. Hence interestedly adv. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. n. [Latin] Special attention to some object ; concern ; regard; affection ;—advantage ; good ; benefit ;—share; portion; —regard to personal profit or advantage ; premium paid for the use of money ; the profit per cent, derived from money lent;—any surplus advantage or benefit; return of good or evil with increase. Cabinet Dictionary
  45. Concern, advantage, good; influence over others; share, part in any thing, participation; regard to private profit; money paid for use, usury; any surplus of advantage. Complete Dictionary
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