- 1The state of wanting to know or learn about something or someone: she looked about her with interestMore example sentences
- There is great interest and people are learning a classical art form with great enthusiasm and dedication.
- That was certainly of personal interest to me to learn, after having been here some 6 years.
- I appreciate their interest and good wishes, I just keep crying every time I think about it.
- 1.1 (an interest in) A feeling of wanting to know or learn about (something): he developed an interest in artMore example sentences
- Although he has no great interest in either location I need his help to learn my way.
- It has had a longstanding interest in objectivity in research and financial conflict of interest.
- 1.2The quality of exciting curiosity or holding the attention: a tale full of interestMore example sentences
- Unless poll results are meant to influence those yet to vote they are of academic or curiosity interest only.
- Perhaps that is why this week there are a number of films of average quality or minority interest.
- The Best of Gay Britain is a boxed set of three full-length features of varying interest and quality.
- 1.3A subject about which one is concerned or enthusiastic: my particular interest is twentieth-century poetryMore example sentences
- So his interests and his activities outside of Iraq are nothing new.
- You are asked to list recreational interests and activities, membership of clubs and societies.
- He now feels that he is no longer under pressure, as he was in Australia, and can relax and enjoy some other interests and hobbies.
- 2Money paid regularly at a particular rate for the use of money lent, or for delaying the repayment of a debt: the monthly rate of interest [as modifier]: interest paymentsMore example sentences
- The bank will not lend money, and interest payments and receipts are forbidden.
- If there is another agency which is lending money at better interest rates and with better conditions, I am ready to shift.
- How much will it cost by the time you have repaid your debt (capital plus interest repayments)?
- 3The advantage or benefit of a person or group: the merger is not contrary to the public interest we are acting in the best interests of our customersMore example sentences
concern, business, affair
- This would not seem to be the noblest form of patriotism, which calls us to look beyond private interests to the public benefit.
- Since people can convince themselves of anything that is to their benefit or is in their interest, this is not surprising.
- The cards have discounts and benefits for the youngsters so it is in their interest to carry them.
- 3.1 • archaic The selfish pursuit of one’s own welfare; self-interest.More example sentences
- Brown's comments will strike a chord with those who feel that selfish interests and private agendas are being put ahead of the greater good of the game in Scotland and Holland.
- It becomes an authentic spiritual experience only if it is totally free from selfish and mercenary interests on the part of those who facilitate it.
- From the start, those that have championed the path of anarchy have exposed themselves as malcontents with selfish interests at heart.
- 4A stake, share, or involvement in an undertaking, especially a financial one: holders of voting rights must disclose their interests he must have no personal interest in the outcome of the caseMore example sentences
- The institute subsequently posted on its website the financial interests of all those involved.
- Apart from the strategic concerns and government revenue at stake, immense corporate interests are involved.
- Proffered concerns about underage drinking are thus merely a stalking horse for the financial interests at stake in these cases.
- 4.1A legal concern, title, or right in property: third parties having an interest in a buildingMore example sentences
- If one focuses on what those interests are, in my submission, they are substantive legal interests.
- In both cases, the duty in tort serves to protect the bodily integrity and property interests of the inhabitants of the building.
- The Inspectors then discussed a sale of the Trustee's property interests to another co-owner.
- 5 (usually interests) A group or organization having a specified common concern, especially in politics or business: the regulation of national interests in India, Brazil, and AfricaMore example sentences
- The NRA have come in for strong criticism locally both from landowners affected by the route of the road and various political and business interests.
- The politicians, business interests and journalists that were part of the Indonesian lobby in Australia did use racial stereotyping.
- The Government, business interests and civic organisations need to collaborate in the effort.
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- 1Excite the curiosity or attention of (someone): I thought the book might interest EricMore example sentences
- First, find a product or service that excites and interests you.
- He has a very short attention span and unless something interests him he doesn't want to know.
- Even a three-year old can begin to browse through the shelves, looking for different kinds of books that may interest her.
declare an (or one's) interest
- Make known one’s financial interests in an undertaking before it is discussed.More example sentences
- Murphy declared his interest in the Eccles Street and Marlborough Street properties last October in the Corporation's register of interests.
- Let me declare my interest: I am CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, a company set up to invest in nanotechnology to support Victorian industry.
- Two other clubs have also declared their interest in signing Leigh's Papua New Guinea international.
in the interests (or interest) of something
- For the benefit of: in the interests of security we are keeping the information confidentialMore example sentences
- One such principle holds that space is to be explored and used ‘for the benefit and in the interests of all countries.’
- We are doing so because it is in our best interests and in the interests of our citizens.
- The Government should act in their interests and not just in the interests of the elite who can afford to build nursing homes.
- Interesting: much of it is of interest to historiansMore example sentences
- The Tories have little to say of interest or importance on most of the political issues of the day.
- Why should this book be of interest to readers in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe?
- They are available at all churches and are a good read and should be of interest to many.
- With interest charged or paid: loans that must be paid back with interestMore example sentences
- A chastened Black has promised that the money will be paid back with interest, but that is hardly the point.
- Now the loan will be repayable from the fourth year over a period of 22 years with interest.
- It is believed that the loan that was made available through Austin was repaid with interest.
- (Of an action) reciprocated with more force or vigor than the original one: he may have a reputation for getting even, with interestMore example sentences
- Any wayward kicking will be returned with interest by the English back three.
- Every time Currie threw something at County it was returned with interest.
- At fullback Barry Daniels returned the ball with interest on numerous storming gallops up field.
late Middle English (originally as interess): from Anglo-Norman French interesse, from Latin interesse 'differ, be important', from inter- 'between' + esse 'be'. The -t was added partly by association with Old French interest 'damage, loss', apparently from Latin interest 'it is important'. The original sense was 'the possession of a share in or a right to something'; hence sense 4 of the noun. sense 1 of the noun and the verb arose in the 18th century sense 2 of the noun was influenced by medieval Latin interesse 'compensation for a debtor's defaulting'.