To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work.
- A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something: an interest in sports.
- Something, such as a quality, subject, or activity, that evokes this mental state: counts the theater among his interests.
- Regard for one's own benefit or advantage; self-interest. Often used in the plural: It is in your best interest to cooperate. She kept her own interests in mind.
- A right, claim, or legal share: an interest in the new company.
- Something in which such a right, claim, or share is held: has interests overseas.
- A person or group of persons holding such a right, claim, or share: a petroleum interest.
- Involvement with or participation in something: She has an interest in the quality of her education.
- A charge for a loan, usually a percentage of the amount loaned.
- An excess or bonus beyond what is expected or due.
- An interest group.
- The particular cause supported by an interest group.
- To arouse the curiosity or hold the attention of: Your opinions interest me.
- To cause to become involved or concerned with: tried to interest her in taking a walk.
- Obsolete To concern or affect.
- interest To the advantage of; for the sake of: thinking in the interest of the whole family; ate breakfast on the train in the interest of time.