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Meaning of “interest” - Learner’s Dictionary

interest

noun     /ˈɪntrəst/
FEELING [U, no plural]
B1 the feeling of wanting to give attention to something or discover more about it: Mark had an interest in the media and wanted to become a journalist. After a while he simply lost interest in (= stopped being interested) his studies. Bindi felt that her father didn't take much of an interest in her (= he was not very interested).Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
ACTIVITY/SUBJECT [C]
B1 something you enjoy doing, studying, or experiencing: We share a lot of the same interests, particularly music and football.Pastimes - general words
MONEY YOU PAY [U]
B2 the extra money that you must pay to a bank, company, etc which has lent you money: low interest rates Savings, interest and capitalBanks and bank accounts
MONEY YOU EARN [U]
B2 the money you earn from keeping your money in a bank accountSavings, interest and capital
QUALITY [U]
B1 a quality that makes you think something is interesting: Would this book be of any interest to you? The tour offers a chance to visit places of interest.Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
ADVANTAGE [C, U]
something that gives someone or something an advantage: A union looks after the interests of its members.Useful or advantageous
be in sb's interest(s)
to help someone and give them an advantage: It may not be in your interests to change jobs so soon.Advantage and disadvantage
in the interest(s) of sth
in order to achieve a particular situation or quality: In the interest of safety, passengers are advised to wear their seat belts at all times.Causing things to happen
LEGAL RIGHT [C] formal
the legal right to own or receive part of a building, company, profits, etc →  See also self-interest , vested interest Belongings and possessions
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