(noun, verb)


1. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

- an interest in music

Similar word(s): involvement

Definition categories: thought, curiosity, wonder

2. a reason for wanting something done

- in the interest of safety

- in the common interest

Similar word(s): sake

Definition categories: attribute, benefit, welfare

3. the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

- they said nothing of great interest

- primary colors can add interest to a room

Similar word(s): interestingness

Definition categories: attribute, power, powerfulness

4. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed

- how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?

Definition categories: possession

5. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

- they have interests all over the world

Similar word(s): stake

Definition categories: possession, part, percentage, portion, share

6. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

- the iron interests stepped up production

Definition categories: group

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

- he counts reading among his interests

Similar word(s): pastime, pursuit

Definition categories: act, diversion, recreation

Sentences with interest as a noun:

- Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.

- He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.

- I have business interests in South Africa.

- Lexicography is one of my interests.

- Victorian furniture is an interest of mine.

- the iron interest;  the cotton interest


1. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Definition categories: emotion, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

2. be on the mind of

Similar word(s): concern, occupy, worry

Definition categories: stative

3. be of importance or consequence

Definition categories: stative, concern, pertain, refer, relate, touch

Sentences with interest as a verb:

- It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.

- Action films don't really interest me.