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Definitions of interest

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To awaken concern in; to concern. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To awaken the interest of; engage in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (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
  11. 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
  12. (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
  13. be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant" Wordnet 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. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Concern; share; premium for the use of money. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. Attention with concern or desire to know. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Profit; benefit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Payment for the use of money. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Influence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.

Usage examples for interest

  1. The Teniers and Ostades no longer interest us as they did. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  2. Do you know, I took you to be just the person who would have a deep interest in that kind of thing." – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
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