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



BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəstɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəstɪŋ//
; BrE BrE//ˈɪntrestɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrestɪŋ//
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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. It is particularly interesting to compare the two versions. 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. Our survey produced some interesting results. Synonymsinterestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe somebody/​something that attracts or holds your attention because they are 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 (rather formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:Thank you for a most stimulating discussion.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 an extremely 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/​gripping story/​read/​book a(n) interesting/​fascinating/​stimulating experience/​discussion/​idea to find something interesting/​fascinating/​compelling/​stimulating/​gripping/​absorbing 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.Extra examples I find her ideas really interesting. It was always interesting to hear his stories. It’s not very interesting for visitors. None of them had anything remotely interesting to say. So far, my trip has proved interesting. Some topics appeared interesting enough to require more detailed information. This is a genuinely interesting article. This subject is intrinsically interesting and worthy of study in its own right. architecturally interesting buildings Can’t we do something more interesting? That’s an interesting question, Daniel. You seem to know a lot of very interesting people.
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