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interest

noun (INVOLVEMENT)    /ˈɪn.trəst/ US  /-trɪst/
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?Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm 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.Pastimes - general words B1 [U] the quality that makes you think that something is interesting: Would this book be of any interest to you?Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
(Definition of interest noun (INVOLVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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