Meaning of “interesting” in the English Dictionary

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"interesting" in British English

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interestingadjective

uk /ˈɪn.trəs.tɪŋ/ us /ˈɪn.trɪs.tɪŋ/

A1 Someone or something that is interesting keeps your attention because he, she, or it is unusual, exciting, or has a lot of ideas:

She's quite an interesting woman.
She's got some very interesting things to say on the subject.
It is always interesting to hear other people's point of view.
Oh, I didn't know they were married - that's interesting.

humorous strange or different:

That's an interesting looking hat you're wearing, Neil!

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  • There was an interesting article on vegetarianism in the paper yesterday.
  • Have you been doing anything interesting lately?
  • How can we make science lessons more interesting?
  • I'm always looking for interesting new recipes.
  • She has a lot of interesting ideas, but they're not very practical.

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

"interesting" in American English

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interestingadjective

us /ˈɪn·trə·stɪŋ, ˈɪn·təˌres·tɪŋ/

holding one’s attention:

An interesting thing happened on the trip back.

(Definition of “interesting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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