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Definition of interesting adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈɪntəˌrɛstɪŋ//
, NAmE//ˈɪntrɛstɪŋ//
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 attracting your attention because it is special, exciting, or unusual an interesting question/point/example interesting people/places/work interesting (to do something) It would be interesting to know what he really believed. interesting (that…) I find it interesting that she claims not to know him. Can't we do something more interesting? Her account makes interesting reading. It is particularly interesting to compare the two versions. Our survey produced some interesting results. 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 lawyer 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 bland and uninteresting.It is more common to use a different word such as dull or boring.
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adverb Interestingly, there are very few recorded cases of such attacks. Language Banksurprisinghighlighting interesting data What is surprising about these results is that boys are more likely than girls to be left-handed. Surprisingly, boys are more likely than girls to be left-handed. Interestingly, even when both parents are left-handed, there is still only a 26% chance of their children being left-handed. One of the most interesting findings is that only 2% of the left-handers surveyed have two left-handed parents. It is interesting to note that people are more likely to be left-handed if their mother is left-handed than if their father is. The most striking feature of these results is that left-handed mothers are more likely than left-handed fathers to have left-handed children.
Thesaurusinterestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe someone or something that attracts or holds your attention because they are/it is exciting, unusual, or full of good ideas.interesting attracting your attention because it is exciting, unusual, or full of good ideas:That's an interesting question, Daniel.fascinating extremely interesting or attractive:The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the steam age.compelling (somewhat formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes for compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:We had a stimulating conversation over lunch.gripping so exciting or interesting that it holds your attention completely:His books are always so gripping.absorbing so interesting or enjoyable that it holds your attention:Chess can be a completely absorbing game.Patterns interesting/fascinating/stimulating for somebody interesting/fascinating to somebody interesting/fascinating that… interesting/fascinating to see/hear/find/learn/know… a(n) interesting/fascinating/compelling/stimulating/gripping read/book a(n) interesting/fascinating/compelling/gripping story a(n) interesting/fascinating/stimulating experience/discussion/idea to find something interesting/fascinating/compelling/stimulating/gripping/absorbing
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