Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
    his main pastime is gambling
    he counts reading among his interests
    they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits
  2. (noun, attribute) a reason for wanting something done
    died for the sake of his country
    in the interest of safety
    in the common interest
  3. (noun, attribute) the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
    primary colors can add interest to a room
  4. (noun, cognition) a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
  5. (noun, group) (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
  6. (noun, possession) (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
    a stake in the company's future
  7. (noun, possession) a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
  8. (verb, emotion) excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  9. (verb, stative) be on the mind of
  10. (verb, stative) be of importance or consequence

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Antonyms of Interest


Origin of the word Interest

  1. early 15c., earlier interesse (late 14c.), from Anglo-Fr. interesse "what one has a legal concern in," from M.L. interesse "compensation for loss," from L. interresse "to concern, make a difference, be of importance," lit. "to be between," from inter- "between" + esse "to be." Form influenced 15c. by O.Fr. interest "damage," from… more

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Words that sound like Interest

indirect, interact, intercede, interested, interject, interrogate, intersect, interstate, intrastate, intricate, introject, introjected, intrust

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