Definition of interested adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəstɪd//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrestɪd//
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  1. 1  giving your attention to something because you enjoy finding out about it or doing it; showing interest in something and finding it exciting interested (in something/somebody) I'm very interested in history. interested (in doing something) Anyone interested in joining the club should contact us at the address below. interested (to do something) We would be interested to hear your views on this subject. an interested audience She was watching with a politely interested expression on her face. There's a talk on Italian art—are you interested (= would you like to go)? He sounded genuinely interested. Which Word?interested / interesting / uninterested / disinterested / uninteresting The opposite of interested is uninterested or not interested:He is completely uninterested in politics. I am not really interested in politics. Disinterested means that you can be fair in judging a situation because you do not feel personally involved in it:A solicitor can give you disinterested advice. However, in speech it is sometimes used instead of uninterested, although this is thought to be incorrect. The opposite of interesting can be uninteresting:The food was dull and uninteresting. It is more common to use a different word such as dull or boring.
  2. 2in a position to gain from a situation or be affected by it As an interested party, I was not allowed to vote. Interested groups will be given three months to give their views on the new development. There were representatives of all the interested parties at the public meeting. More Like This Words that look like opposites, but aren’t different/​indifferent, interested/​disinterested, famous/​infamous, flammable/​inflammable, savoury/​unsavoury, sensible/​insensible, valuable/​invaluableSee worksheet.
  3. Extra examplesAs a landowner, he was actively interested in agricultural improvements. Ben must have been more than a little interested in the possibility to have pursued it so far. Carrie was only half interested in the conversation. Charles had long been interested in architecture. He’s not in the least bit interested in girls. I am always interested in how differently people can look at the same event. I wasn’t interested enough in the argument to take sides one way or the other. If he’s seriously interested in applying for the job, he’ll do it. She got very interested in politics. She’s always been interested in other people. We need to get more young people interested in the sport. You need to keep your audience interested. ‘Why do you ask?’ ‘I’m just interested, that’s all.’ I’m very interested in history. There is a talk on Italian art—are you interested?
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