American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something: an interest in sports.
- n. Something, such as a quality, subject, or activity, that evokes this mental state: counts the theater among his interests.
- n. Regard for one's own benefit or advantage; self-interest. Often used in the plural: It is in your best interest to cooperate. She kept her own interests in mind.
- n. A right, claim, or legal share: an interest in the new company.
- n. Something in which such a right, claim, or share is held: has interests overseas.
- n. A person or group of persons holding such a right, claim, or share: a petroleum interest.
- n. Involvement with or participation in something: She has an interest in the quality of her education.
- n. A charge for a loan, usually a percentage of the amount loaned.
- n. An excess or bonus beyond what is expected or due.
- n. An interest group.
- n. The particular cause supported by an interest group.
- v. To arouse the curiosity or hold the attention of: Your opinions interest me.
- v. To cause to become involved or concerned with: tried to interest her in taking a walk.
- v. Obsolete To concern or affect.
- idiom. interest To the advantage of; for the sake of: thinking in the interest of the whole family; ate breakfast on the train in the interest of time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which concerns or is of importance; that which is advantageous, or connected with advantage or welfare; concern; concernment; behoof; advantage: as, the common interests of life; to act for the public interest.
- n. The feeling that something (the object of the feeling) concerns one; a feeling of the importance of something with reference to one's self; a feeling of personal concernment in an object, such as to fix the attention upon it; appreciative or sympathetic regard: as, to feel an interest in a person; to excite one's interest in a project; a subject of absorbing interest.
- n. Personal or selfish consideration; regard to private benefit or profit: as, his actions are controlled by interest; the clashing of rival interests.
- n. Influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others: as, he has interest at court; to solicit a person's interest in behalf of an application.
- n. Personal possession or right of control; share or participation in ownership: as, to have great interests in a county; an interest in a stock company; also, anything that is of importance from a commercial or financial point of view; a business; property in general: as, the mining interests.
- n. In law, in the most general sense, legal concern of a person in a thing or in the conduct of another person, whether it consist in a right of enjoyment in or benefit from property, or a right of advantage, or a subjection to liability in the event of conduct; more specifically, a right in property, or to some of those uses or benefits from which the property is inseparable. In a narrower sense it was used in the English common law of real property, to designate a right less than an estate, such as a lease or an easement, etc.
- n. Payment, or a sum paid, for the use of money, or for forbearance of a debt. The interest bears a fixed ratio (agreed upon by the parties) to the sum loaned, and is to be paid at certain stated times, as once or twice a year. The money lent or due is called the principal, the sum paid for the use of it the interest, the fixed ratio, which is so many units in one hundred, the rate per cent., or simply the per cent. The rate per cent. is usually so much a year, or per annum. Sometimes the rate is mentioned as so much per month; $100 at 1 per cent. per month is equal to $100 at 12 per cent. per annum. Legal interest is the rate established by law, and it is always understood that legal interest is intended when no specific rate is mentioned. Interest greater than the legal rate is usury, and is prohibited by law. In certain jurisdictions, however, it is allowable to give and receive higher than legal rates by special contract between the parties. Interest may be either simple or compound. Simple interest is the interest arising from the principal sum only, and, though not paid, is not itself chargeable with interest. Compound interest is the interest paid not only on the original or principal sum, but also on the interest as it falls due and, remaining unpaid, is added to the principal.
- n. Hence Something added or thrown in by way of premium or enhancement; an added quantity over and above what is due, deserved, or expected.
- To concern; affect; be of advantage or importance to.
- To engage the attention of; excite concern in; stimulate to feeling or action in regard to something.
- To cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate: as, to interest a person in an enterprise.
- To place or station.
- n. uncountable Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
- n. countable A business or amorous link or involvement.
- n. obsolete, rare Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.
- v. To attract attention or concern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing
- v. obsolete To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally.
- v. obsolete To cause or permit to share.
- n. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity.
- n. (Finance, Commerce) Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part.
- n. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
- n. (Finance) A fee paid for the use of money; a fee paid for a loan; -- usually reckoned as a percentage.
- n. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
- n. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively
- n. the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
- n. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
- n. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
- n. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
- v. be of importance or consequence
- v. be on the mind of
- n. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
- v. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
- n. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
- n. a reason for wanting something done
- From Old French interesse and interest (French: intérêt), from Medieval Latin interesse, from Latin interesse. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, it is of importance, third person sing. present tense of interesse, to be between, take part in : inter-, inter- + esse, to be. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It has become the interest of the planter to make it for the _interest of the people_ to remain on his estate.”
“It might have been made two or three, or even six times larger, without diminishing from the interest of any one of its pages -- _indeed with an increased interest_ -- but the want of the pecuniary means, and other considerations, have induced me to present it as here seen.”
“He jocularly observed, on one occasion, to a creditor, who peremptorily required payment of the interest due on a long-standing debt, 'My dear sir, you know it is not my _interest_ to pay the”
“After I wrote this, I realized I should have included a second category: people whose main interest is recreational mayhem rather than political ideology.”
“GOP will have to waite for next 15 years to take control of any house or Presidency, as all hard working American knows that GOP 's main interest is for their own well being not for the average Joe, You all will experiance in next 6 months that Economy will rebound back, Jobs will open up for people and healthcrare reform will be done after that you will see the poll will bounce back.”
“Someone who lends money (or buys a financial asset) and takes in interest is a rentier, not a capitalist. bdbd says:”
“Its main interest is that it is not supposed to occur in the dog-eat-dog world of Darwinian competition.”
“I'd rather give the money and control of health care to doctors .. but instead it's going to bureaucrats who's main interest is lining their own pockets.”
“So almost double the number of screens for a sequel with built-in interest from the first movie and -- voila!”
“The result was a marked improvement in interest from the previous petroleum leasing round in June 2009, when Mansouriya drew no bids and Akkas attracted just one bid that was rejected by the ministry as the bidder submitted a much higher remuneration fee than the one set by the oil ministry.”
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