In·ter·est v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interested p. pr. & vb. n. Interesting.]
1. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work.
To love our native country . . . to be interested in its concerns is natural to all men. --Dryden.
A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages. --Addison.
2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally. [Obs.]
Or rather, gracious sir,
Create me to this glory, since my cause
Doth interest this fair quarrel. --Ford.
3. To cause or permit to share. [Obs.]
The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God's hands. --Hooker.
Syn: -- To concern; excite; attract; entertain; engage; occupy; hold.
1. Having the attention engaged; having emotion or passion excited; as, an interested listener.
2. Having an interest; concerned in a cause or in consequences; liable to be affected or prejudiced; as, an interested witness; an interested party.
adj 1: 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" [ant: uninterested]
2: 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" [syn: concerned]