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noun interest pronunciation in British English /ˈɪntrəst/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a feeling of wanting to know about or take part in something
    interest in: an interest in politics
    have/feel (an) interest in: He has a particular interest in Italian art.
    have no interest in doing something: I have no interest in depriving you of what is rightfully yours.
    take an interest in (=show you are interested in): ‘What do you mean?’ asked Pat, now taking an interest in the proceedings.
    show/express (an) interest (in): Apparently several buyers have expressed an interest in the deal.
    To my relief, no one showed the slightest interest when I got up to leave.
    attract/arouse interest: The reports have aroused considerable interest.
    lose (all) interest (in): People are losing all interest in the election.
    with interest: The presidential race is being watched with interest all over the world.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the quality that something has that makes you notice it and want to know about it or take part in it
    The scar added interest to a face that otherwise would have appeared too bland.
    places of interest (=places that are interesting): The city has a multitude of museums and places of interest.
    be of interest (to someone): publications that may be of interest to the self-employed
    be of no interest (to someone): ‘What you think is of no interest to me’, Elaine said flatly.
    be of particular/special/considerable interest (to someone): Most degree courses allow students to include subjects of special interest to them.
    See also human interest
  3. 3
    [countable] [often plural] an activity that you enjoy doing when you are not working
    Tell us about your interests and hobbies.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] business money that a person or institution such as a bank charges you for lending you money
    charge interest on something: an increase in the interest charged on personal loans
    repay something with interest: You will repay the money with interest, as agreed in the contract.
    1. a.
      money that you receive from an institution such as a bank when you keep money in an account there
      earn interest on something: We can show you how you can earn a higher rate of interest on your savings.
  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] an advantage or benefit to someone or something
    protect/safeguard/defend someone’s interests: All he cares about is protecting his own interests.
    be in your (own) interest(s) (=bring an advantage or benefit): It’s in their own interests to cooperate.
    be in someone’s/something’s (best) interest(s) (=bring an advantage or benefit): The council doesn’t believe the scheme is in the best interests of pupils.
    have someone’s (best) interests at heart (=want to help them): He claims he has only my best interests at heart.
    be in the public/national interest: Publication of the documents is not in the public interest.
  6. 6
    [countable] a connection with something that influences your attitude or behaviour because you can gain an advantage from it
    have an interest in something: The United States had an interest in giving military aid because it provided jobs for American workers.
    declare an interest in something: I declare an interest in this matter, as I am the parliamentary adviser to the Association.
    See also conflict1
  7. 7
    [countable] business a legal right to own part of a business or property
    He acquired interests in a number of mines in the area.
  8. 8
    [countable] [usually plural] business a group of organizations, especially businesses, that have a shared aim
    a private group funded by South African business interests




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