browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
interest

more about interest

interest


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Interest  \In"ter*est\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Interested};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Interesting}.]  [From  interess'd,  p.  p.  of  the  older 
  form  interess,  fr  F.  int['e]resser,  L.  interesse.  See 
  {Interest},  n.] 
  1.  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 
 
  To  love  our  native  country  .  .  .  to  be  interested  in 
  its  concerns  is  natural  to  all  men.  --Dryden. 
 
  A  goddess  who  used  to  interest  herself  in  marriages. 
  --Addison. 
 
  2.  To  be  concerned  with  or  engaged  in  to  affect;  to  concern; 
  to  excite;  --  often  used  impersonally.  [Obs.] 
 
  Or  rather,  gracious  sir,  Create  me  to  this  glory, 
  since  my  cause  Doth  interest  this  fair  quarrel. 
  --Ford. 
 
  3.  To  cause  or  permit  to  share.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  mystical  communion  of  all  faithful  men  is  such 
  as  maketh  every  one  to  be  interested  in  those 
  precious  blessings  which  any  one  of  them  receiveth 
  at  God's  hands.  --Hooker. 
 
  Syn:  To  concern;  excite;  attract;  entertain;  engage;  occupy; 
  hold 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Interest  \In"ter*est\,  n.  [OF.  interest,  F.  int['e]r[^e]t,  fr 
  L.  interest  it  interests,  is  of  interest,  fr  interesse  to  be 
  between,  to  be  difference,  to  be  importance;  inter  between  + 
  esse  to  be  cf  LL  interesse  usury.  See  {Essence}.] 
  1.  Excitement  of  feeling,  whether  pleasant  or  painful, 
  accompanying  special  attention  to  some  object;  concern. 
 
  Note:  Interest  expresses  mental  excitement  of  various  kinds 
  and  degrees.  It  may  be  intellectual,  or  sympathetic  and 
  emotional,  or  merely  personal;  as  an  interest  in 
  philosophical  research;  an  interest  in  human  suffering; 
  the  interest  which  an  avaricious  man  takes  in  money 
  getting. 
 
  So  much  interest  have  I  in  thy  sorrow.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  interest 
  n  1:  a  sense  of  concern  with  and  curiosity  about  someone  or 
  something  "an  interest  in  music"  [syn:  {involvement}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {interestingness}]  [ant:  {uninterestingness}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {sake}] 
  4:  a  fixed  charge  for  borrowing  money;  usually  a  percentage  of 
  the  amount  borrowed;  "how  much  interest  do  you  pay  on  your 
  mortgage?" 
  5:  a  subject  or  pursuit  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 
  interests"  [syn:  {pastime}] 
  6:  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"  [syn:  {stake}] 
  7:  (usually  plural)  a  social  group  whose  members  control  some 
  field  of  activity  and  who  have  common  aims;  "the  iron 
  interests  stepped  up  production"  [syn:  {interest  group}] 
  v  1:  excite  the  curiosity  of  engage  the  interest  of  [ant:  {bore}] 
  2:  be  on  the  mind  of  "What  is  worrying  you?"  [syn:  {concern}, 
  {occupy},  {worry}] 
  3:  be  of  importance  or  consequence;  "This  matters  to  me!"  [syn: 
  {matter  to}] 




more about interest