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English noun: interest

1. interest (cognition) a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something


SamplesAn interest in music.


Synonymsinvolvement


Broader (hypernym)curiosity, wonder


Narrower (hyponym)concern, enthusiasm

2. interest (attribute) a reason for wanting something done


SamplesFor your sake.
Died for the sake of his country.
In the interest of safety.
In the common interest.


Synonymssake


Broader (hypernym)benefit, welfare


Narrower (hyponym)behalf

3. interest (attribute) the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)


SamplesThey said nothing of great interest.
Primary colors can add interest to a room.


Synonymsinterestingness


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness


Narrower (hyponym)charisma, color, colour, news, newsworthiness, personal appeal, personal magnetism, shrillness, topicality, vividness


Attributeinteresting, uninteresting


Antonymsuninterestingness

4. interest (possession) a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed


SamplesHow much interest do you pay on your mortgage?.


Broader (hypernym)fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs


Narrower (hyponym)compound interest, simple interest

5. interest (possession) (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something


SamplesThey have interests all over the world.
A stake in the company's future.


Synonymsstake


Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share


Narrower (hyponym)controlling interest, equity, fee, grubstake, insurable interest, reversion, right, security interest, terminable interest, undivided interest, undivided right, vested interest


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. interest (group) (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims


SamplesThe iron interests stepped up production.


Synonymsinterest group


Broader (hypernym)social group


Narrower (hyponym)special interest, vested interest


Domain usageplural, plural form

7. interest (act) a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)


SamplesSailing is her favorite pastime.
His main pastime is gambling.
He counts reading among his interests.
They criticized the boy for his limited pursuits.


Synonymspastime, pursuit


Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation


Narrower (hyponym)avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity


English verb: interest

1. interest (emotion) excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)absorb, engage, engross, fascinate, grip, occupy, spellbind, transfix


Antonymsbore, tire

2. interest (stative) be on the mind of


SamplesI worry about the second Germanic consonant shift.


ExamplesThe bad news will interest him


Synonymsconcern, occupy, worry


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

3. interest (stative) be of importance or consequence


SamplesThis matters to me!.


Synonymsmatter to


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on


Narrower (hyponym)fascinate, intrigue









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