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interest noun 1 the desire to learn or know about someone or something; curiosity. 2 the power to attract attention and curiosity. 3 something which arouses attention and curiosity; a hobby or pastime. 4 money paid as a charge for borrowing money or using credit, usually in the form of a percentage of what is borrowed or owed. 5 (often interests) advantage, benefit or profit, especially financial It is in your own interests to be truthful. 6 a share or claim in a business and its profits, or a legal right to property. 7 (also interest group) a group of people or organizations with common, especially financial, aims and concerns the banking interest. verb (interested, interesting) 1 to attract the attention and curiosity of someone. 2 (often interest someone in something) to cause them to take a part in or be concerned about some activity. in the interest or interests of something in order to achieve or contribute to an objective in the interests of good industrial relations.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c: from Latin interest it concerns.
interesting adj attracting interest; holding the attention. interestingly adverb.
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