interest meaning

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  • Noun: interest  int(u)rust
    1. A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
      "an interest in music"
      - involvement 
    2. A reason for wanting something done
      "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"
      - sake 
    3. The power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
      "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colours can add interest to a room"
      - interestingness 
    4. A fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
      "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?" 
    5. (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
      "they have interests all over the world"
      - stake 
    6. (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
      "the iron interests stepped up production"
      - interest group 
    7. A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
      "he counts reading among his interests"
      - pastime, pursuit
    Verb: interest  int(u)rust
    1. Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of 
    2. Be on the mind of
      - concern, occupy, worry 
    3. Be of importance or consequence
      - matter to

    Derived forms: interests, interesting, interested

    See also: interest-bearing, interesting, uninteresting

    Type of: arouse, bear on, benefit, come to, concern, curiosity, diversion, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs, have to do with, kindle, part, percentage, pertain, portion, power, powerfulness, provoke, raise, recreation, refer, relate, share, social group, touch, touch on, welfare, wonder

    Antonym: bore

    Encyclopedia: Interest

  • [Business]


    1 [U]

    the extra money that you have to pay when you borrow money:

    You'll have to pay interest on the loan.

    The money was repaid with interest.

    The company is set to default on

    (= fail to pay) its interest payments.


    ❖ to charge/pay interest

    ◆ interest charges/payments annual/monthly interest

    2 [U]

    the extra money that you receive when you invest money:

    Their business account pays 3% interest.

    That cash could be earning interest in a bank account.

    Bond interest is fixed, but earnings per share are growing.


    earn/pay interest

    ◆ interest payments annual/monthly interest

    3 (Finance ) [C, usually pl.]

    a share in a business or company and a legal right to a share of its profits:

    The group has extensive interests in China.

    She has business interests in France.

    American interests in Europe

    (= money invested in European countries) HOLDING

    business/commercial/economic interests

    energy/mining/oil interests

    4 [C,U]

    a connection with sth which affects your attitude to it, especially because you may benefit from it in some way:

    Organizations have an interest in ensuring that employee motivation is high.

    I should, at this point, declare my interest.

    5 [C, usually pl.]

    a group of people who are in the same business or who share the same aims which they want to protect:

    powerful farming interests

    relationships between local government and business interests

    6 (Law ) [C]

    a legal right to land or property:

    You must give the names and addresses of anyone you know who has an interest in the land.


  • [Economics]
    1) The charge made for borrowing a sum of money. The interest rate is the charge made, expressed as a percentage of the total sum loaned, for a stated period of time (usually one year). Thus, a rate of interest of 15% per annum means that for every £100 borrowed for one year, the borrower has to pay a charge of £15, or a charge in proportion for longer or shorter periods. In simple interest, the charge is calculated on the sum loaned only, thus I = Prt, where I is the interest, P is the principal sum, r is the rate of interest, and t is the period. In compound interest, the charge is calculated on the sum loaned plus any interest that has acrued in previous periods. In this case I = P \[(1 + r)n - 1\], where n is the number of periods for which interest is separately calculated. Thus, if £500 is loaned for two years at a rate of 12% per annum, compounded quarterly, the value of n will be 4 * 2 = 8 and the value of r will be 12/4 = 3%. Thus, I = 500 \[(1.03)%8 - 1\] = £133.38, whereas on a simple-interest basis it would be only £120. These calculations of interest apply equally to deposits that attract income in the form of interest.

    In general, rates of interest depend on the money supply, the demand for loans, government policy, the risk of nonrepayment as assessed by the lender, the period of the loan, and relative levels of foreign-exchange rates into other currencies.

    2) An indication to buy or sell.

    3) A share of ownership.

  • [Finance]
    The price paid for borrowing money. It is expressed as a percentage rate over a period of time and reflects the rate of exchange of present consumption for future consumption. Also, a share or title in property.

  • [Law]
    n. (in land law) A right in or over land. It may comprise equitable ownership of the land (such as the interest of the tenant for life under a settlement), where the legal estate is owned by trustees; or the benefit of some other right over the land of another, such as an easement or rentcharge. Interests of the latter type can be legal or equitable, but under the Law of Property Act 1925 only interests owned on terms equivalent to a fee simple absolute in possession or a term of years absolute qualify as legal interests. A person interested in land is one who has rights in it. See also EQUITABLE INTERESTS.


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  1. her interest in music has begun to flag.
  2. interest rates are running at record levels.
  3. his first regard was for his own interest.
  4. i have a little money and a few interests.
  5. the story has a certain bizarre interest.

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