- (uncountable, finance) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]
- Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.
- (uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]
- He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, The Celebrity:
- The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
- (uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
2013 August 10, “Standing orders”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- Over the past few years, however, interest has waxed again. A series of epidemiological studies, none big enough to be probative, but all pointing in the same direction, persuaded Emma Wilmot of the University of Leicester, in Britain, to carry out a meta-analysis. This is a technique that combines diverse studies in a statistically meaningful way.
- (countable) A business link or involvement.
- I have business interests in South Africa.
2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30:
- Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
- (countable) Something one is interested in.
- Lexicography is one of my interests.
- Victorian furniture is an interest of mine.
- (obsolete, rare) Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.
- The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively.
- the iron interest; the cotton interest
- (fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed): cost of money
Terms derived from interest
the price of credit
great attention and concern from someone
attention that is given to or received from someone or something
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- To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing.
- It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.
- Action films don't really interest me.
- (obsolete, often impersonal) To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite.
- Or rather, gracious sir, / Create me to this glory, since my cause / Doth interest this fair quarrel.
- (obsolete) To cause or permit to share.
- The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God's hands.
to attract attention or concern
- (finance) interest