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 (ĭn′trĭ-stĭd, -tər-ĭ-stĭd, -tə-rĕs′tĭd)
1. Having or showing curiosity, fascination, or concern: I'm interested to hear about your family.
2. Possessing a right, claim, or stake: an interested party in the estate. See Usage Note at disinterested.

in′ter·est·ed·ly adv.
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(ˈɪntrɪstɪd; -tərɪs-)
1. showing or having interest
2. (usually prenominal) personally involved or implicated: the interested parties met to discuss the business.
ˈinterestedly adv
ˈinterestedness n
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(ˈɪn tər ə stɪd, -trə stɪd, -təˌrɛs tɪd)

1. having an interest or share; concerned.
2. having the attention or curiosity engaged.
3. influenced by personal or selfish motives: an interested witness.
in′ter•est•ed•ly, adv.
in′ter•est•ed•ness, n.
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  • acquisitive - Means "very interested in acquiring money or material things."
  • athenaeum - Can refer to "an association of persons interested in scientific and literary pursuits, meeting for the purpose of mutual improvement," or a reading room or library.
  • speed dating - A type of matchmaking service in which participants meet for seven to eight minutes each before moving on to another participant, ultimately making a list of those they are interested in dating.
  • imparlibidinous - When one partner is more interested in sex than the other, their relationship is imparlibidinous.
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1. 'interested'

If you want to know more about something or someone, you can say that you are interested in them.

I am very interested in politics.
Kanako seemed genuinely interested in him and his work.

Be Careful!
Don't use any preposition except in after interested.

If you want to do something, you can say that you are interested in doing it.

I was interested in visiting different parts of the world.
We're only interested in finding out the facts.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you are 'interested to do' something.

2. 'interesting'

Do not confuse interested with interesting. If someone or something is interesting, they have qualities which make you want to know more about them.

I've met some very interesting people.
There are some interesting old buildings in the village.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'interesting' to describe things which make a lot of money. For example, 'an interesting job' is one that is enjoyable because it makes you feel interested, not one in which you earn a large salary. For a job that earns a lot of money, use well-paid.

People with university degrees usually end up with well-paid jobs.
Looking after children is not usually very well-paid.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.interested - having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern; "an interested audience"; "interested in sports"; "was interested to hear about her family"; "interested in knowing who was on the telephone"; "interested spectators"
uninterested - not having or showing interest; "an uninterested spectator"
2.interested - involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in; "a memorandum to those concerned"; "an enterprise in which three men are concerned"; "factors concerned in the rise and fall of epidemics"; "the interested parties met to discuss the business"
involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
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Having concern:
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لهُم عُلاقة بالأمرمُسْتَعِد أن يَشْتَريمُهْتَمّمُهْتَمٌّ في
mít zájemzainteresovanýzaujatý
áhugasamursem á hlut aî málisem hefur áhuga á e-u
흥미를 가진
quan tâm đến


[ˈɪntrɪstɪd] ADJinteresado
she seems very interestedparece muy interesada
anyone interested should apply in writing tocualquier persona interesada debe dirigirse por escrito a ...
I've got some books to sell, are you interested?tengo unos libros que quiero vender, ¿te interesan?
I'm going to the canteen, if anybody is interestedvoy a la cafetería, si alguien se quiere apuntar
to be interested in sth he's interested in buying a carestá interesado en comprar un coche
I'm not interested in footballno me interesa el fútbol
would you be interested in my old wardrobe?¿te interesaría quedarte con mi armario viejo?
to become or grow or get interested in sth/sbinteresarse por algn/algo
to get sb interested in sthhacer que algn se interese por algo
I tried to get him interested in operaintenté hacer que se interesase por la ópera
I soon got her interested in my ideapronto conseguí tenerla interesada en mi idea, pronto conseguí que se interesase por mi idea
the interested partyla parte interesada
she was interested to see what he would dotenía curiosidad por ver qué es lo que haría
I'd be interested to know the outcomeme interesaría saber el resultado
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[ˈɪntrəstɪd] adj
I'd be interested to hear your views → Je serais intéressé de connaître votre opinion.
You may be interested to know that → Vous serez peut-être intéressé d'apprendre que ...
to be interested in sth → s'intéresser à qch, être intéressé par qch
I wasn't particularly interested in physics → Je ne m'intéressais pas particulièrement à la physique., Je n'étais pas particulièrement intéressé par la physique.
I'm not interested in politics → Je ne m'intéresse pas à la politique.
I'm not interested
No thanks, I'm not interested → Non merci, ça ne m'intéresse pas.
I told him I wasn't interested → Je lui ai dit que ça ne m'intéressait pas.
[party, body] → intéressé(e)
the interested parties → les parties intéressées
All the interested parties eventually agreed to the idea → Toutes les parties intéressées ont finalement souscrit à cette idée.interest-free [ˌɪntrəstˈfriː]
adj [loan, credit] → à zéro pour cent (d'intérêt)
We offer 10 months interest-free credit → Nous offrons 10 mois de crédit à zéro pour cent.
adv [lend, borrow] → sans intérêtinterest group ngroupe m d'intérêt
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interessiert (→ in an +dat); I’m not interesteddas interessiert mich nicht; … and I’m not even interested either… und es interessiert mich auch gar nicht; to be interested in somebody/somethingsich für jdn/etw interessieren, an jdm/etw interessiert sein; would you be interested in a game of cards?hätten Sie Interesse, Karten zu spielen?; I’m going to the cinema, are you interested (in coming)?ich gehe ins Kino, haben Sie Interesse daran or Lust mitzukommen?; I’m selling my car, are you interested?ich verkaufe meinen Wagen, sind Sie interessiert?; the company is interested in expanding its salesdie Firma hat Interesse daran or ist daran interessiert, ihren Absatz zu vergrößern; I’d be interested to know how …es würde mich ja schon interessieren, wie …; she was interested to see what he would dosie war gespannt, was er wohl tun würde; I was interested to hear thates interessierte mich, das zu hören; to get somebody interested (in something)jdn (für etw) interessieren
(= having personal or financial interest)befangen; (= involved)beteiligt; he is an interested partyer ist befangen, er ist daran beteiligt
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[ˈɪntrɪstɪd] adj (expression) → interessato/a, pieno/a di interesse; (person) → che s'interessa
to be interested in sth → interessarsi di qc
he's interested in buying a car → è interessato all'acquisto di una macchina
interested party → parte f interessata
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(ˈintrəst) , ((American) ˈintərist) noun
1. curiosity; attention. That newspaper story is bound to arouse interest.
2. a matter, activity etc that is of special concern to one. Gardening is one of my main interests.
3. money paid in return for borrowing a usually large sum of money. The (rate of) interest on this loan is eight per cent; (also adjective) the interest rate.
4. (a share in the ownership of) a business firm etc. He bought an interest in the night-club.
5. a group of connected businesses which act together to their own advantage. I suspect that the scheme will be opposed by the banking interest (= all the banks acting together).
1. to arouse the curiosity and attention of; to be of importance or concern to. Political arguments don't interest me at all.
2. (with in) to persuade to do, buy etc. Can I interest you in (buying) this dictionary?
ˈinterested adjective
1. (often with in) showing attention or having curiosity. He's not interested in politics; Don't tell me any more – I'm not interested; I'll be interested to see what happens next week.
2. (often with in) willing, or wanting, to do, buy etc. Are you interested in (buying) a second-hand car?
3. personally involved in a particular business, project etc and therefore likely to be anxious about decisions made regarding it. You must consult the other interested parties (= the other people involved).
ˈinteresting (negative uninteresting) adjective
an interesting book.
ˈinterestingly adverb
in one's (own) interest
bringing, or in order to bring, advantage, benefit, help etc to oneself etc. It would be in our own interest to help him, as he may be able to help us later.
in the interest(s) of
in order to get, achieve, increase etc. The political march was banned in the interests of public safety.
lose interest
to stop being interested. He used to be very active in politics, but he's lost interest now.
take an interest
to be interested. I take a great interest in everything they do.
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مُهْتَمّ zaujatý interesseret interessiert ενδιαφερόμενος interesado kiinnostunut intéressé zainteresiran interessato 興味がある 흥미를 가진 geïnteresseerd interessert zainteresowany interessado заинтересованный intresserad มีความสนใจ ilgili quan tâm đến 感兴趣的
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Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.
I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or ambitious views.
It was arranged that the Prince Stadtholder himself should give the prize of a hundred thousand guilders, which interested the people at large, and it was thought that perhaps he would make a speech which interested more particularly his friends and enemies.