Interest Definition

Define what is Interest?

1. interest, involvement (noun)

a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something.

  • an interest in music.
Synonyms: involvement

curiosity, wonder noun
a state in which you want to learn more about something.


enthusiasm noun
a lively interest.

concern noun
something that interests you because it is important or affects you.

2. interest (verb)

excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of.

    Antonyms: bore, tire (verb)

    cause to be bored.


    arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise verb
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).


    engage, engross, occupy, absorb verb
    consume all of one's attention or time.

    spellbind, transfix, fascinate, grip verb
    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe.

    3. sake, interest (noun)

    a reason for wanting something done.

    • for your sake.
    • died for the sake of his country.
    • in the interest of safety.
    • in the common interest.
    Synonyms: sake

    benefit, welfare noun
    something that aids or promotes well-being.


    behalf noun
    for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive).

    4. concern, interest, occupy, worry (verb)

    be on the mind of.

    • I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift.
    Synonyms: concern, occupy, worry

    5. matter to, interest (verb)

    be of importance or consequence.

    • This matters to me!.
    Synonyms: matter to

    fascinate, intrigue verb
    cause to be interested or curious.

    6. interestingness, interest (noun)

    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.).

    • they said nothing of great interest.
    • primary colors can add interest to a room.
    Synonyms: interestingness
    Antonyms: uninterestingness (noun)

    inability to capture or hold one's interest.


    power, powerfulness noun
    possession of controlling influence.


    charisma, personal appeal, personal magnetism noun
    a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others.

    newsworthiness, news noun
    the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins.

    topicality noun
    the attribute of being of interest at the present time.

    vividness, color, colour noun
    interest and variety and intensity.

    shrillness noun
    the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses.

    7. interest (noun)

    a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed.

    • how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?.

    fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs noun
    a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.).


    compound interest noun
    interest calculated on both the principal and the accrued interest.

    simple interest noun
    interest paid on the principal alone.

    8. stake, interest (noun)

    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something.

    • they have interests all over the world.
    • a stake in the company's future.
    Synonyms: stake

    share, percentage, portion, part noun
    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group.


    grubstake noun
    funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits.

    controlling interest noun
    ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares.

    insurable interest noun
    an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy; an interest in the survival of the insured or in the preservation of the thing that is insured.

    vested interest noun
    (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another.

    security interest noun
    any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation.

    terminable interest noun
    an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions.

    undivided interest, undivided right noun
    the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property.

    fee noun
    an interest in land capable of being inherited.

    equity noun
    the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation.

    reversion noun
    (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 noun
    (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing.

    9. interest group, interest (noun)

    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims.

    • the iron interests stepped up production.
    Synonyms: interest group

    social group noun
    people sharing some social relation.


    special interest noun
    an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor.

    vested interest noun
    groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit.

    10. pastime, pursuit, interest (noun)

    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly).

    • sailing is her favorite pastime.
    • his main pastime is gambling.
    • he counts reading among his interests.
    • they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits.
    Synonyms: pastime, pursuit

    diversion, recreation noun
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates.


    avocation, hobby, spare-time activity, by-line, pursuit, sideline noun
    an auxiliary activity.

    Nearby Terms

    interest expense (noun)
    interest paid on loans

    interest group (noun)
    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

    interest rate (noun)
    the percentage of a sum of money charged for its use

    interest-bearing (adjective)
    of financial obligations on which interest is paid

    interested (adjective)
    having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern

    interestedness (noun)
    the state of being interested

    interesting (adjective)
    arousing or holding the attention

    interestingly (adverb)
    in an interesting manner

    interestingness (noun)
    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

    interface (noun)
    (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)

    interfacial (adjective)
    relating to or situated at an interface

    interfacial surface tension (noun)
    surface tension at the surface separating two non-miscible liquids

    interfacial tension (noun)
    surface tension at the surface separating two non-miscible liquids

    interfaith (adjective satellite)
    involving persons of different religious faiths

    interfere (verb)
    come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle