part of speech: noun

definition 1: the desire to learn, know, or take part in something.

  • The professor took an interest in his student’s work.

synonyms: enthusiasm

definition 2: someone or something that causes such a desire.

  • Plato is one of my interests.

definition 3: the power to cause such a desire.

  • Video games have no interest for me anymore.

definition 4: a rate that is paid for the use of another person’s money.

  • The bank will pay us 7.9 percent interest on the money we keep there.

definition 5: a right or share in something.

  • My sisters and I have equal interest in our family’s company.

synonyms: share, stake

definition 6: concern for one’s own self or benefit.

  • It is in your best interest to finish that report.


part of speech: verb

inflections: interests, interesting, interested

definition 1: to convince to take part in; tempt.

  • Can I interest you in a cup of tea?

antonyms: bore

definition 2: to cause to have the desire to learn or know about something.

  • Math has interested me for many years.

synonyms: engage, involve