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Meaning of “interest” in the English Dictionary

"interest" in British English

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interestnoun

uk   /ˈɪn.trəst/  us   /-trɪst/
  • interest noun (INVOLVEMENT)

B1 [S or U] the ​feeling of ​wanting to give ​yourattention to something or of ​wanting to be ​involved with and to ​discover more about something: I've always had an interest inastronomy. 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 ​yourwife?B1 [C] Your interests are the ​activities that you ​enjoy doing and the ​subjects that you like to ​spendtimelearning 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?

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  • interest noun (ADVANTAGE)

C1 [C usually plural, U] something that ​bringsadvantages to or ​affects someone or something: A ​unionlooks after the interests of ​itsmembers. It's in his interests to ​keepcarefulrecords. In the interests ofsafety, ​please do not ​smoke. Despite what you ​think, I'm only ​acting in ​your best interests (= doing what is ​best for you).

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  • interest noun (MONEY)

C1 [U] money that is ​charged by a ​bank or other ​financialorganization for ​borrowingmoney: Interest charges on an ​overdraft are usually ​quite high.C1 [U] money that you ​earn from ​keepingyourmoney in an ​account in a ​bank or other ​financialorganization: You should put the ​money in a ​savingsaccount where it will earn interest.

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  • interest noun (LEGAL RIGHT)

specialized law, business [C] an ​involvement or a ​legalright, 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.

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interestverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪn.trəst/  us   /-trɪst/
B1 If someone or something interests you, you ​want to give that ​person or thing ​yourattention and ​discover more about him, her, or it: Sport has never really interested me.

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(Definition of interest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"interest" in American English

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interestnoun

 us   /ˈɪn·trəst, ˈɪn·tər·əst/
  • interest noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[C/U] a ​feeling of having ​yourattentionheld 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 ​spendtimelearning about.of interest If something is of interest, it ​holdsyourattention 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 ​unionlooks after the interests of ​itsmembers. 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 ​borrowmoney, or ​money that is ​paid to you for the use of ​yourmoney: My ​savingsaccount is ​earning 5% interest.

interestverb [T]

 us   /ˈɪn·trəst, ˈɪnt·ə·rəst/
to ​cause you to ​want to give something ​yourattention or ​learn more about it: Sailing has never really interested me.
(Definition of interest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"interest" in Business English

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interestnoun

uk   us   /ˈɪntrəst/
[U] FINANCE money that is ​charged by a ​bank or other ​financialorganization for ​lendingmoney: interest charges/payments Interest ​charges on an ​overdraft are usually quite high.charge/pay interest A ​number of ​providers don't ​charge any interest for an ​introductoryperiod when you get one of their ​cards.interest on sth The interest on a ​mortgage is ​higher than the interest ​earned on ​savings. You can expect to ​pay interest of 4–6% on the ​loan.with interest I ​paid back the whole ​sum with interest within a month. monthly/​annual interest
[U] FINANCE money that you ​earn from ​keeping your ​money in an ​account in a ​bank or other ​financialorganization: earn/receive/pay interest You will ​earn interest at 4% as ​long as you have ​money in your ​account. Consumers ​look for the best rate of interest on their ​savings. You will receive interest ​payments on your ​investments monthly. The ​accountpays interest of up to 5%. monthly/​annual interest
[C] an involvement or a ​legalright, usually ​relating to a ​business or possessions that you own with other ​people: He is a multi-millionaire with business interests around the ​world.an interest in sth The ​bank has a legal interest in the ​building until the ​money is ​repaid, as it was ​offered as ​security on the ​loan.
[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: show interest (in sth) Customers are showing a lot of interest in this new ​design.lose interest (in sth) Keep your ​pointsshort and snappy when you make your ​presentation, or the ​audience might ​lose interest.take an interest (in sth) Since our ​companyfeatured in a ​nationalnewspaper, ​people are ​starting to take an interest in what we do.have an interest in sth I've always had an interest in ​aviation. Just out of interest, how many ​people were at the ​conference?
[C] an ​activity that you enjoy doing or a ​subject that you like to ​spendtimelearning about: She ​lists her interests as music, ​running, and ​learninglanguages.
[U] the ​quality that makes you ​think that something is interesting: be of interest to sb I ​think this ​report would be of interest to you.
[C or U] something that ​brings someone ​advantages or that affects someone or something: A ​union looks after the interests of its ​members. It's in your interests to ​keep careful ​records. In the interests ofsafety, please do not smoke. I believe it is in everyone's best interests if I ​resign.
(Definition of interest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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