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.
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?
definition 2: to cause to have the desire to learn or know about something.
- Math has interested me for many years.
synonyms: engage, involve