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interest

noun

1 interest

A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something:
— An interest in music.

synonym: involvement.

Roget 642: importance, consequence, moment, prominence, consideration, mark, materialness.    import, significance, concern; emphasis, interest.    greatness etc. ... show more

Roget 806: debt, obligation, liability, indebtment, debit, score.    bill; check; account (credit) 805.    arrears, deferred payment, deficit, ... show more

Roget 800: money, legal tender; money matters, money market; finance; accounts etc. 811; funds, treasure; capital, stock; assets etc. ... show more

Roget 707: aid, aidance; assistance, help, opitulation, succor; support, lift, advance, furtherance, promotion; coadjuvancy etc. ... show more

Roget 618: good, benefit, advantage; improvement etc. 658; greatest good, supreme good; interest, service, behoof, behalf; weal; main chance, ... show more

Roget 455: interest, thirst for knowledge, thirst for truth; curiosity, curiousness; inquiring mind; inquisitiveness.    omnivorous intellect, devouring mind.    [person who desires knowledge] inquirer; sightseer; quidnunc [Lat.], newsmonger, ... show more

Roget 175: influence; importance etc. 642; weight, pressure, preponderance, prevalence, sway; predominance, predominancy; ascendency; dominance, reign; ... show more

Roget 9: relation, bearing, reference, connection, concern, cognation; correlation etc. 12; analogy; similarity etc. 17; affinity, ... show more

Dutch: belang, belangstelling, interesse, rente
Polish: zaciekawienie, zainteresowanie



2 interest

A reason for wanting something done:
— In the interest of safety.
— In the common interest.

synonym: sake.

3 interest

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.

synonym: interestingness.

Dutch: interesse

4 interest

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

Dutch: intrest, interest, rente, belang
Polish: odsetka

5 interest

law A right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something:
— They have interests all over the world.

synonym: stake.

Roget 780: property, possession, suum cuique [Lat.], meum et tuum [Lat.].    ownership, proprietorship, lordship; seignority; empire etc. (dominion) 737.    interest, stake, ... show more

Dutch: inzet

6 interest

usually plural A social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims:
— The iron interests stepped up production.

synonym: interest group.

Dutch: belangengroep

7 interest

A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly):
— He counts reading among his interests.

synonyms: pastime, pursuit.

Dutch: hobby, tijdpassering, tijdverdrijf, tijdvulling

verb

1 interest

Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of.

Roget 840: amuse, entertain, divert, enliven; tickle the fancy; titillate, raise a smile, put in good humor; cause laughter, create laughter, occasion laughter, raise laughter, excite laughter, produce laughter, ... show more

Roget 829: cause pleasure, produce pleasure, create pleasure, give pleasure, afford pleasure, procure pleasure, offer pleasure, present pleasure, yield pleasure etc. 827.    please, charm, delight, ... show more

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

Dutch: belangstellen, interesseren

2 interest

Be on the mind of.

synonyms: concern, occupy, worry.

Roget 9: be related etc. adj.; have a relation etc. n.; relate to, refer to; bear upon, regard, concern, touch, affect, have to do with; ... show more

3 interest

Be of importance or consequence.

synonym: matter to.


Moby thesaurus: absolute interest, absorb, absorption, accent, accrued dividends, accumulated dividends, acquisitiveness, activities, activity, advantage, advocacy, aegis, affair, affairs, affect, affect the interest, agacerie, allotment, allowance, allure ... show more.

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