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INTEREST (interest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interest mean? 

INTEREST (noun)
  The noun INTEREST has 7 senses:

1. a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
2. the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
3. a reason for wanting something done
4. a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
5. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
6. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
7. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

  Familiarity information: INTEREST used as a noun is common.


INTEREST (verb)
  The verb INTEREST has 3 senses:

1. excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
2. be on the mind of
3. be of importance or consequence

  Familiarity information: INTEREST used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTEREST (noun)


Sense 1interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

interest; involvement

Context example:

an interest in music

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

curiosity; wonder (a state in which you want to learn more about something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

concern (something that interests you because it is important or affects you)

enthusiasm (a lively interest)


Sense 2interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

interestingness; interest

Context examples:

they said nothing of great interest / primary colors can add interest to a room

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

power; powerfulness (possession of controlling influence)

Attribute:

interesting (arousing or holding the attention)

uninteresting (arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

charisma; personal appeal; personal magnetism (a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others)

news; newsworthiness (the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins)

topicality (the attribute of being of interest at the present time)

color; colour; vividness (interest and variety and intensity)

shrillness (the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses)


Sense 3interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A reason for wanting something done

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sake; interest

Context examples:

for your sake / died for the sake of his country / in the interest of safety / in the common interest

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

benefit; welfare (something that aids or promotes well-being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

behalf (for someone's benefit (usually expressed as 'in behalf' rather than 'on behalf' and usually with a possessive))


Sense 4interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

fixed charge; fixed cost; fixed costs (a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

simple interest (interest paid on the principal alone)

compound interest (interest calculated on both the principal and the accrued interest)


Sense 5interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

pastime; pursuit; interest

Context examples:

sailing is her favorite pastime / his main pastime is gambling / he counts reading among his interests / they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

diversion; recreation (an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

avocation; by-line; hobby; pursuit; sideline; spare-time activity (an auxiliary activity)


Sense 6interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

stake; interest

Context examples:

they have interests all over the world / a stake in the company's future

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

part; percentage; portion; share (assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

right ((frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing)

reversion ((law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee))

equity (the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation)

fee (an interest in land capable of being inherited)

undivided interest; undivided right (the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property)

terminable interest (an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions)

security interest (any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation)

vested interest ((law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another)

insurable interest (an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy; an interest in the survival of the insured or in the preservation of the thing that is insured)

controlling interest (ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares)

grubstake (funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits)


Sense 7interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

interest group; interest

Context example:

the iron interests stepped up production

Hypernyms ("interest" is a kind of...):

social group (people sharing some social relation)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interest"):

special interest (an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor)

vested interest (groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit)


INTEREST (verb)


Sense 1interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "interest" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interest"):

absorb; engage; engross; occupy (engage or engross wholly)

fascinate; grip; spellbind; transfix (to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Antonym:

bore (cause to be bored)


Sense 2interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be on the mind of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

interest; concern; worry; occupy

Context example:

I worry about the second Germanic consonant

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will interest him


Sense 3interest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be of importance or consequence

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

matter to; interest

Context example:

This matters to me!

Hypernyms (to "interest" is one way to...):

bear on; come to; concern; pertain; refer; relate; touch; touch on (have to do with or be relevant to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interest"):

fascinate; intrigue (cause to be interested or curious)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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