Definition of interest verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

interest

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəst//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrest//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interest
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəst//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrest//
 
he / she / it interests
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəsts//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrests//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrests//
 
past simple interested
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
 
past participle interested
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
 
-ing form interesting
BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəstɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrestɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrestɪŋ//
 
 
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 to attract your attention and make you feel interested; to make yourself give your attention to something interest somebody Politics doesn't interest me. The museum has something to interest everyone, young and old. interest somebody/yourself in something She has always interested herself in charity work. it interests somebody to do something It may interest you to know that Andy didn't accept the job. Word Origin late Middle English (originally as interess): from Anglo-Norman French interesse, from Latin interesse ‘differ, be important’, from inter- ‘between’ + esse ‘be’. The -t was added partly by association with Old French interest ‘damage, loss’, apparently from Latin interest ‘it is important’. The original sense was ‘the possession of a share in or a right to something’; hence sense (6). Sense (1) and the verb arose in the 18th cent. Sense (4) was influenced by medieval Latin interesse ‘compensation for a debtor's defaulting’.Extra examples It is this aspect of the work that really interests me. She tried to interest the director in her plan. It may interest you to know that he didn’t accept the offer. Politics just doesn’t interest me. She has always interested herself in helping younger musicians. The musuem has something to interest everyone. The topic interests me very much. Phrasal Verbsinterest somebody in something
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