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Meaning of interest by Wiktionary Dictionary

interest


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    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɪntɹɛst/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɪntɹəst/, /ˈɪntəɹəst/

    Etymology

    From Old French interesse and interest ( French: intérêt ), from Medieval Latin interesse, from Latin interesse .

    Noun

    interest ( plural: interests )

    1. ( uncountable ) ( finance ) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]
      Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5% .
    2. ( uncountable ) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]
      He has a lot of interest in vintage cars .
    3. ( uncountable ) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something .
    4. ( countable ) A business or amorous link or involvement .
      I have business interests in South Africa .
    5. ( obsolete, rare ) Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.

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Explanation of interest by Wordnet Dictionary

interest


    Verb
    1. excite the curiosity of

    2. be on the mind of

    3. be of importance or consequence

    Noun
    1. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts ( usually pleasantly )

    2. he counts reading among his interests
    3. a reason for wanting something done

    4. in the interest of safety
      in the common interest
    5. the power of attracting or holding one's attention ( because it is unusual or exciting etc. )

    6. they said nothing of great interest
      primary colors can add interest to a room
    7. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

    8. an interest in music
    9. a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

    10. the iron interests stepped up production
    11. a right or legal share of something

    12. they have interests all over the world
    13. a fixed charge for borrowing money

    14. how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?