Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “interest”

See all translations

interest

noun uk   /ˈɪn.trəst/ us    /-trɪst/

interest noun (INVOLVEMENT)

B1 [S or U] the feeling of wanting to give your attention to something or of wanting to be involved with and to discover more about something: I've always had an interest in astronomy. He never seems to show any interest in his children. Unfortunately, I lost interest half way through the film. She takes more of an interest in politics these days. informal Just out of interest, how old is your wife?B1 [C] Your interests are the activities that you enjoy doing and the subjects that you like to spend time learning about: On his form he lists his interests as cycling and cooking.B1 [U] the quality that makes you think that something is interesting: Would this book be of any interest to you?
More examples

interest noun (ADVANTAGE)

C1 [C usually plural, U] something that brings advantages to or affects someone or something: A union looks after the interests of its members. It's in his interests to keep careful records. In the interests of safety, please do not smoke. Despite what you think, I'm only acting in your best interests (= doing what is best for you).
More examples

interest noun (MONEY)

C1 [U] money that is charged by a bank or other financial organization for borrowing money: Interest charges on an overdraft are usually quite high.C1 [U] money that you earn from keeping your money in an account in a bank or other financial organization: You should put the money in a savings account where it will earn interest.
More examples

interest noun (LEGAL RIGHT)

specialized law, business [C] an involvement or a legal right, usually relating to a business or possessions: He is a multi-millionaire with business interests around the world. When they divorced she retained a legal interest in the property.
More examples

interest

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪn.trəst/ us    /-trɪst/
B1 If someone or something interests you, you want to give that person or thing your attention and discover more about him, her, or it: Sport has never really interested me.
More examples
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of interest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of interest?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “interest” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More