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Definition of Interest

Interest

  1. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work.
  2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally.
  3. To cause or permit to share.
  4. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern.
  5. Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
  6. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
  7. Premium paid for the use of money, -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.
  8. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
  9. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.

Interest Quotations

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. - William Morris
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.
Gilbert Highet

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Interest Translations

interest in Afrikaans is belangstelling
interest in Danish is interesse
interest in Dutch is interesseren, belang inboezemen
interest in Finnish is kiinnostaa
interest in German is Zins {m}, Anteil {m}, Interesse
interest in Italian is interessare, interesse
interest in Norwegian is interessere, interesse, rente
interest in Portuguese is interesse
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