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Definition 1: a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

(... is a kind of interest ) an auxiliary activity

Definition 2: a reason for wanting something done - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) something that aids or promotes well-being

"for the benefit of all"

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

"in your behalf" "campaigning in his own behalf" "spoke a good word in his friend's behalf"

Definition 3: the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they said nothing of great interest
  • primary colors can add interest to a room

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) possession of controlling influence

"the deterrent power of nuclear weapons" "the power of his love saved her" "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

(... is a kind of interest ) a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

(... is a kind of interest ) the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins

"the judge conceded the newsworthiness of the trial" "he is no longer news in the fashion world"

(... is a kind of interest ) the attribute of being of interest at the present time

"the library had to discard books that had lost their topicality"

(... is a kind of interest ) interest and variety and intensity

"the Puritan Period was lacking in color" "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"

(... is a kind of interest ) the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses

"the shrillness of her hair color"

(... are attributes of interest) arousing or holding the attention

(... are attributes of interest) arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement

"a very uninteresting account of her trip"

Definition 4: a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an interest in music

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) a state in which you want to learn more about something

(... is a kind of interest ) a lively interest

"enthusiasm for his program is growing"

(... is a kind of interest ) something that interests you because it is important or affects you

"the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

Definition 5: (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims - [noun denoting group]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the iron interests stepped up production

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) people sharing some social relation

(... is a kind of interest ) an interest group that tries to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor, typically through lobbying

(... is a kind of interest ) groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit

(interest is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 6: a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?

(interest is a kind of ...) a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)

(... is a kind of interest ) interest calculated on both the principal and the accrued interest

(... is a kind of interest ) interest paid on the principal alone

Definition 7: (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

"he wanted his share in cash"

(... is a kind of interest ) (frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing

"mineral rights" "film rights"

(... is a kind of interest ) (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)

(... is a kind of interest ) the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation

(... is a kind of interest ) an interest in land capable of being inherited

(... is a kind of interest ) the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property

(... is a kind of interest ) an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions

(... is a kind of interest ) any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation

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

(... is a kind of interest ) 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

(... is a kind of interest ) ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares

(... is a kind of interest ) funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits

(interest belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 8: excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of - [verb of emotion]

(interest is a kind of ...) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

(... is a kind of interest ) consume all of one's attention or time

"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

(... is a kind of interest ) to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

"The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"

Definition 9: be of importance or consequence - [verb of stative]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This matters to me!

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

(interest is a kind of ...) be relevant to

"There were lots of questions referring to her talk" "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

(... is a kind of interest ) cause to be interested or curious

Definition 10: be on the mind of - [verb of stative]

Samples where interest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift

Synonyms for interest in the sense of this definition

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