Definition of interest
- (RP) IPA: /ˈɪntɹɛst/
- (US) IPA: /ˈɪntɹəst/, /ˈɪntəɹəst/
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From Old French interesse and interest (French: intérêt) < Medieval Latin interesse < Latin interesse.
interest (plural interests)
- (uncountable) (finance) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]
Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.
- (uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]
He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.
- (uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
- (countable) A business or amorous link or involvement.
I have business interests in South Africa.
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