interest

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noun
1 desire to learn/hear more about sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
avid, close, considerable, consuming, deep, great, intense, keen, lively, passionate, real, strong

The police were starting to take a close interest in the company's activities.

She always had a great interest in the supernatural.

particular, special
growing, increased, increasing
slightest

He's never shown the slightest interest in football.

little
general, widespread
current
worldwide
shared
serious
genuine
abiding, lifelong, long-standing
passing
sudden

Why the sudden interest?

renewed
added

The CD-ROM gives the book added interest.

active
polite

He showed a polite interest in her story.

personal
professional
media

The event attracted a lot of media interest.

sexual
VERB + INTEREST
have
evince, express, show, take

My cousin expressed an interest in seeing where I work.

feign

She feigned interest in a magazine article to avoid meeting the man's stare.

lose
arouse, attract, awaken, catch, create, draw, drum up, excite, generate, kindle, pique, spark, stimulate, stir up

A sticker on a bag caught my interest.

The government failed to drum up any public interest in the referendum.

A childhood trip to Europe sparked his lifelong interest in history.

develop

While in prison he developed an interest in art.

increase
keep, maintain, sustain

The film kept my interest throughout.

The channel has failed to maintain interest in its expensive new show.

revive
INTEREST + VERB
grow
flag, wane

The children's interest began to flag after half an hour of the lesson.

PREPOSITION
for interest, out of interest

I'm asking purely out of interest.

with interest

They listened with interest.

interest among

to stimulate interest among teachers

interest from

growing interest from younger members

interest in

She took an active interest in their welfare.

2 quality that attracts attention
ADJECTIVE
great
particular, special

Her comments are of particular interest to me.

little
immediate

This information was of no immediate interest to me.

broad, general, wide
architectural, artistic, historic, historical, scientific
academic

Since the championship has already been decided, this game is of purely academic interest.

human

a plot devoid of human interest

love

Angelina Jolie supplies the love interest in the movie.

VERB + INTEREST
be of

His books are of no interest to me at all.

hold no

Their conversation held no interest for me.

add

Bushes that flower in winter will add interest to your garden.

INTEREST + VERB
lie in

The interest of the painting lies in its unusual use of light.

PREPOSITION
of interest

a building of great architectural interest

3 sth you enjoy doing/learning about
ADJECTIVE
diverse, varied, wide, wide-ranging
private
shared
outside

He has many hobbies and outside interests.

main, primary

My main research interest is herbal medicine.

artistic, musical, etc.
research
VERB + INTEREST
have
share
pursue

He wanted time to pursue his many and varied musical interests.

4 money earned from investments
ADJECTIVE
annual, monthly, etc.
compound, simple
mortgage
VERB + INTEREST
earn, receive
pay
charge
INTEREST + VERB
accrue, bear
INTEREST + NOUN
rate
payment
charge
PREPOSITION
interest on

to pay interest on a loan

PHRASES
a rate of interest

a mortgage with a fixed rate of interest

5 benefits that sth has for sb
ADJECTIVE
best interest (esp. AmE), best interests

It's not in your best interests to let your boss know you're looking for a new job.

I feel it is in everyone's best interest if I step aside now.

own, selfish

You can't blame them for looking after their own interests. (esp. BrE)

common, mutual, shared
competing, conflicting, contradictory
long-term, short-term
narrow

Protectionism often simply supports narrow vested interests.

direct

Lawyers have a direct financial interest in the outcome of the debate.

paramount, vital
powerful
legitimate
vested
special (esp. AmE)

The views of special-interest groups are represented.

national, public
class, sectarian, sectional
foreign, outside
corporate, economic, financial, political, security, strategic, etc.

issues of compelling strategic interest

VERB + INTEREST
defend, guard, look after (esp. BrE), protect, safeguard
act in, advance, champion, further, promote, serve

He claimed to be acting in the public interest.

This policy serves the interests of the United States.

represent
act against, jeopardize, threaten
INTEREST + VERB
lie in sth
be at stake
INTEREST + NOUN
group

Various interest groups have expressed their opposition to the policy.

PREPOSITION
against sb/sth's interest

The lawyer refused to act against his client's interests.

contrary to sb/sth's interest

The union refused to support proposals that it saw as contrary to the interests of its members.

in sb/sth's interest (esp. AmE), in sb/sth's interests (esp. BrE)

Continuing such a policy is short-sighted and not in the interest of consumers.

New work practices were introduced in the interests of efficiency.

of interest

We met to discuss matters of common interest.

out of interest

He was obviously acting purely out of selfish interest.

PHRASES
a conflict of interest, a conflict of interests (esp. BrE)

One member of the planning committee had a conflict of interest as he lived near the proposed road.

have sb's interests at heart

Although he was sometimes too strict with his children, he had their best interests at heart.

6 legal right to share in profits
ADJECTIVE
powerful
controlling, majority
minority
joint
banking, business, commercial, shipping
VERB + INTEREST
have

He has controlling interests in several ventures.

sell
PREPOSITION
interest in
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verb
ADVERB
greatly, particularly, really, very much

It is this aspect of the work that really interests me.

VERB + INTEREST
try to

She tried to interest the director in her plan.

Interest is used with these nouns as the object: ↑buyer

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • interest — in·ter·est / in trəst; in tə rəst, ˌrest/ n [probably alteration of earlier interesse, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, to be between, make a difference, concern, from inter between, among + esse to be] 1: a right, title, claim …   Law dictionary

  • interest — INTEREST. s. m. Ce qui importe, ce qui convient en quelque maniere que ce soit, ou à l honneur, ou à l utilité, ou à la satisfaction de quelqu un. Interest public, general, commun. interest de famille. interest particulier. interest d honneur.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Interest — In ter*est, n. [OF. interest, F. int[ e]r[^e]t, fr. L. interest it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse to be between, to be difference, to be importance; inter between + esse to be; cf. LL. interesse usury. See {Essence}.] [1913 Webster] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Interest —     Interest     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Interest     Notion of interest     Interest is a value exacted or promised over and above the restitution of a borrowed capital.     ♦ Moratory interest, that is interest due as an indemnity or a… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • interest — Interest, Versura, B. Prendre à interest, Versuram facere, B. ex Cic. Argent prins à interest, ou perte de finance, Circunforaneum aes. Tu y as interest, Ad te attinent, et tua refert. Il n y a point d interest, Non interest quid faciat morbum,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • interest — [in′trist, in′trəst, in′tər ist; ] also, esp. for v. [, in′tər est΄, in′trest΄] n. [ME interesse < ML usury, compensation (in L, to be between, be different, interest < inter , between + esse, to be: see IS1): altered, infl. by OFr interest …   English World dictionary

  • Interest — In ter*est, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interesting}.] [From interess d, p. p. of the older form interess, fr. F. int[ e]resser, L. interesse. See {Interest}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To engage the attention of; to awaken… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interest — [n1] attraction, curiosity absorption, activity, affection, attentiveness, care, case, concern, concernment, consequence, diversion, engrossment, enthusiasm, excitement, game, hobby, importance, interestedness, into, leisure activity, matter,… …   New thesaurus

  • interest — ► NOUN 1) the state of wanting to know about something or someone. 2) the quality of exciting curiosity or holding the attention. 3) a subject about which one is concerned or enthusiastic. 4) money paid for the use of money lent. 5) a person s… …   English terms dictionary

  • Interest —   Interest is the charge or cost for using money; expressed as a rate per period, usually one year, called interest rate.   The reward for making funds available to a third party over a period of time, usually pre arranged …   International financial encyclopaedia

  • interest — is now normally pronounced in trist or in trest, with the first e unpronounced. The same applies to the derivative words interested, interesting, etc …   Modern English usage

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