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interest

noun  us   /ˈɪn·trəst, ˈɪn·tər·əst/

interest noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[C/U] a feeling of having your attention held by something, or of wanting to be involved with and learn more about something: [C] an interest in chess [U] I lost interest halfway through the book. [C/U] Your interests are the activities that you enjoy doing and the subjects that you like to spend time learning about.of interest If something is of interest, it holds your attention and makes you want to learn more about it: Nothing much of interest was discussed.

interest noun (ADVANTAGE)

[C] something that gives you what is important or necessary or helps you in some way: A union looks after the interests of its members. I was only acting in your interest (= to achieve what would help you).

interest noun (MONEY)

[U] money that is charged, esp. by a bank, when you borrow money, or money that is paid to you for the use of your money: My savings account is earning 5% interest.

interest

verb [T]  us   /ˈɪn·trəst, ˈɪnt·ə·rəst/
to cause you to want to give something your attention or learn more about it: Sailing has never really interested me.
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