Interest
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. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: Interest expresses mental excitement of various kinds and degrees. It may be intellectual, or sympathetic and emotional, or merely personal; as, an interest in philosophical research; an interest in human suffering; the interest which an avaricious man takes in money getting. [1913 Webster]

So much interest have I in thy sorrow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Finance, Commerce) Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks. [1913 Webster]

3. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit. [1913 Webster]

Divisions hinder the common interest and public good. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

When interest calls of all her sneaking train. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. (Finance) A fee paid for the use of money; a fee paid for a loan; -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars. [1913 Webster]

They have told their money, and let out Their coin upon large interest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered. [1913 Webster]

You shall have your desires with interest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest. [1913 Webster]

{Compound interest}, interest, not only on the original principal, but also on unpaid interest from the time it fell due.

{Simple interest}, interest on the principal sum without interest on overdue interest. [1913 Webster]


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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 —     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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