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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.


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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness

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

Attributeinteresting, uninteresting


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.


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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