Interesting
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 interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work. [1913 Webster]

To love our native country . . . to be interested in its concerns is natural to all men. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Or rather, gracious sir, Create me to this glory, since my cause Doth interest this fair quarrel. --Ford. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause or permit to share. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God's hands. --Hooker.

Syn: To concern; excite; attract; entertain; engage; occupy; hold. [1913 Webster]


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