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curiosity

noun uk   /ˌkjʊə.riˈɒs.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˌkjʊr.iˈɑː.sə.t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

B2 [U] an eager wish to know or learn about something: to arouse/excite/satisfy someone's curiosity I'm burning with curiosity - you must tell me who's won! She decided to call her ex-boyfriend out of curiosity. "Why do you ask?" "Oh, just idle curiosity (= for no particular reason)."

curiosity noun (STRANGE OBJECT)

[C] something that is interesting because it is rare and unusual: Cars like mine are curiosities nowadays. I kept this old pot for its curiosity value (= the interest it has because it is unusual).
Translations of “curiosity”
in Korean 호기심…
in Arabic فُضول…
in Portuguese curiosidade…
in Catalan curiositat…
in Japanese 好奇心…
in Italian curiosità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 興趣, 好奇心, 求知慾…
in Russian любопытство, странность, редкость…
in Turkish merak, nadir şey, antika…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兴趣, 好奇心, 求知欲…
in Polish ciekawość, ciekawostka, osobliwość…
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