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  1. in·ter·est
    IPA[ˈint(ə)rəst]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. excite the curiosity or attention of (someone):

      I thought the book might interest Eric
      Synonym : be of interest to, appeal to, attract, be attractive to, intrigue, fascinate, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, hold, captivate, amuse, divert, entertain, arouse one's curiosity, whet one's appetite, hold one's attention, engage one's attention, float someone's boat, tickle someone's fancy, light someone's fire, arouse someone's interest in, persuade to buy, sell
    • 2. cause someone to undertake or acquire (something):

      efforts were made to interest her in a purchase
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: interest, plural noun: interests

    • noun

      the feeling of wanting to know or learn about something or someone:

      the quality of exciting curiosity or holding the attention:

    • verb

      excite the curiosity or attention of (someone):

      persuade someone to undertake or acquire (something):

    • adjective

      showing curiosity or concern about something or someone; having a feeling of interest:

      having an interest or involvement; not impartial or disinterested:

    • adjective

      showing curiosity or concern about something or someone; having a feeling of interest:

      having an interest or involvement; not impartial:

    • noun

      a personal stake or involvement in an undertaking or state of affairs, especially one with an expectation of financial gain:

      a person or group having a personal stake or involvement:

    • noun

      an activity, subject, etc. that is of interest to only a limited number of people:

      a significant share in a subsidiary company, owned by a party other than the holding company:

    • noun

      an actor whose role in a story or film is that of a lover of the central character.

      a theme or subsidiary plot in a story or film in which the main element is the affection of lovers.

    • noun

      an interest or hobby not connected with one's work or studies:
    • noun

      the number of contracts or commitments outstanding in futures and options that are trading on an official exchange at any one time.
    • with interest charged or paid
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