HyperDic: interest

English > 10 senses of the word interest:
NOUNcognitioninterest, involvementa sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
attributeinterest, sakea reason for wanting something done
attributeinterest, interestingnessthe power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
possessioninteresta fixed charge for borrowing money
possessioninterest, stake(law) a right or legal share of something
groupinterest, interest group(usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
actinterest, pastime, pursuita diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
VERBemotioninterestexcite the curiosity of
stativeinterest, concern, occupy, worrybe on the mind of
stativeinterest, matter tobe of importance or consequence
interest > pronunciation
Soundsih'nterahst; ih'nterihst; ih'ntrahst; ih'ntrihst
Rhymesabolitionist ... zoologist: 193 rhymes with ahst...
abortionist ... Zionist: 245 rhymes with ihst...
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 1, cognition
MeaningA sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something.
Example"an interest in music"
Synonyminvolvement
NarrowerconcernSomething that interests you because it is important or affects you
enthusiasmA lively interest
Broadercuriosity, wonderA state in which you want to learn more about something
Spanishinterés
Catalaninterès
Verbsinterestexcite the curiosity of
interestbe on the mind of
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 2, attribute
MeaningA reason for wanting something done.
Examples
  • "in the interest of safety"
  • "in the common interest"
Synonymsake
NarrowerbehalfFor someone's benefit (usually expressed as 'in behalf' rather than 'on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
Broaderbenefit, welfareSomething that aids or promotes well-being
Spanishbeneficio, bien, interés, provecho
Catalan, benefici, profit
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningThe power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.).
Examples
  • "they said nothing of great interest"
  • "primary colors can add interest to a room"
Synonyminterestingness
AttributesinterestingArousing or holding the attention
uninterestingArousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement
Narrowercharisma, personal appeal, personal magnetismA personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
color, colour, vividnessinterest and variety and intensity
newsworthiness, newsThe quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
shrillnessThe quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses
topicalityThe attribute of being of interest at the present time
Broaderpower, powerfulnesspossession of controlling influence
Oppositeuninterestingnessinability to capture or hold one's interest
Spanishinterés
Catalaninterès
Verbsinterestexcite the curiosity of
interestbe of importance or consequence
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 4, possession
MeaningA fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed.
Example"how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
Narrowercompound interestinterest calculated on both the principal and the accrued interest
simple interestinterest paid on the principal alone
Broaderfixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costsA periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)
Spanishinterés
Catalaninterès
Adjectivesinterest-bearingof financial obligations on which interest is paid
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 5, possession
Meaning(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something.
Example"they have interests all over the world"
Synonymstake
Categorylaw, jurisprudenceThe collection of rules imposed by authority
Narrowercontrolling interestownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares
equityThe ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
feeAn interest in land capable of being inherited
grubstakefunds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits / profits
insurable interestAn interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy
reversion(law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee)
right(frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
security interestAny interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation
terminable interestAn interest in property that terminates under specific conditions
undivided interest, undivided rightThe interest in property owned by tenants / tenants / tenants whereby each tenant / tenant / tenant has an equal right to enjoy / enjoy / enjoy / enjoy / enjoy the entire property
vested interest(law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
Broadershare, portion, part, percentageassets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
Spanishinterés, participación
Catalaninterès, participació
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 6, group
Meaning(usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims.
Example"the iron interests stepped up production"
Synonyminterest group
Narrowerspecial interest, special-interest group, special interest group, advocacy group, lobby group, lobby, pressure group, third houseA group of people who try actively to influence legislation / legislation
vested interestgroups that seek to control a social ... / social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
Broadersocial groupPeople sharing some social relation
Usage ofplural, plural formThe form of a word that is used to denote more than one
English > interest: 10 senses > noun 7, act
MeaningA diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).
Example "he counts reading among his interests"
Synonymspastime, pursuit
Narroweravocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activityAn auxiliary activity
Broaderdiversion, recreationAn activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates / stimulates
Spanishafición, distracción, entretenimiento, hobby, interés, pasatiempo
Catalanafició, distracció, entreteniment, passatemps
English > interest: 10 senses > verb 1, emotion
Meaningexcite the curiosity of; engage the interest of.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Narrowerabsorb, engross, engage, occupyConsume all of one's attention or time
fascinate, transfix, grip, spellbindTo render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
Broaderarouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provokeCall forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Oppositebore, tireCause to be bored
Spanishaficionar, interesarse, interesar
Catalanaficionar, interessar-se, interessar
Nounsinterestthe power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
interesta sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
English > interest: 10 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningBe on the mind of.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
ModelThe bad news will interest him
Synonymsconcern, occupy, worry
Spanishaficionar, interesar, ocupar, preocupar
Catalanaficionar, interessar, ocupar, preocupar
Nounsinteresta sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
English > interest: 10 senses > verb 3, stative
MeaningBe of importance or consequence.
PatternSomething ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymmatter to
Narrowerintrigue, fascinateCause to be interested or curious
Broaderrefer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have to do withBe relevant to
Spanishaficionar, interesar
Catalanaficionar, interessar
Nounsinterestthe power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

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