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interest

in·ter·est

interest

 
 
pronunciation:
In t rihst [or] In trihst
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: curiosity about, involvement in, or concern about something.
The professor took an interest in his student's work.
synonyms:
enthusiasm
similar words:
absorption, attention, curiosity, engagement, heed, immersion, inquisitiveness, notice, preoccupation, stake, zeal
definition 2: someone or something that causes such interest.
Plato is one of my interests.
similar words:
affair, avocation, care, concern, enthusiasm, hobby, pastime, preference, pursuit, turn-on
definition 3: a percentage that is charged on a loan or paid on an investment.
similar words:
dividend, percentage, premium, profit, return, usury, yield
definition 4: a right or share in property or other thing of value such as stock.
synonyms:
share, stake
similar words:
claim, due, holdings, right, stock
definition 5: concern for one's own security or advantage; self-interest.
synonyms:
self-advancement, self-interest
antonyms:
disinterest
similar words:
advantage, benefit, gain, good, sake, weal, welfare, well-being
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: interested, interesting, interests
definition 1: to stimulate attention or curiosity in (someone).
Can I interest you in the opera tonight?
antonyms:
bore
similar words:
appeal, busy, engage, excite, induce, inspire, motivate, stimulate, tempt, whet
definition 2: to cause to have concern or curiosity about something.
His career has interested me for many years.
synonyms:
engage, involve
similar words:
absorb, appeal, attract, captivate, concern, engross, enthrall, fascinate, grip, hold, obsess, preoccupy, rivet
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