dis·​in·​ter·​est | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst How to pronounce disinterest (audio) ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest How to pronounce disinterest (audio) , -tə-rəst, -tərst; -ˈin-ˌtrest \
disinterested; disinteresting; disinterests

Definition of disinterest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern



Definition of disinterest (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : lack of interest : indifference

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Examples of disinterest in a Sentence

Noun His proposal was met with complete disinterest. since the coach has a son on the team, his disinterest in the selection of a team captain cannot be assumed
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Besides his awesome moves, there was the varying expressions of the onlookers — everything from delight to disinterested. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Moments," 30 Apr. 2019 Why are so many Japanese disinterested in going beyond their borders? Anne Quito, Quartz, "Having the “world’s most powerful passport” is lost on Japan," 18 Dec. 2019 Koala detection dogs need to be disinterested in people, hyper-focused and without a prey drive. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Bear the Detection Dog is Sniffing Out and Saving Koalas Injured in Australia's Bushfires," 19 Nov. 2019 With Eriksen disinterested in Manchester United's advances, a switch abroad had seemed most likely, but the closure of the European transfer market means Eriksen will remain at Spurs until at least January. SI.com, "Tottenham 'Offer' Christian Eriksen Huge New Contract in Bid to Finally End Transfer Speculation," 13 Sep. 2019 Employees were also doubly disinterested in working for the firm in the future if they had been criticized by a female boss. Martin Abel, The Conversation, "Bosses face more discrimination if they are women – from employees of any gender," 17 Oct. 2019 The Yankees were disinterested in hoping starter James Paxton could survive a second look against the heart of Houston’s order, one with a feel for Paxton’s fastball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa lifts Astros to walkoff win over Yankees in Game 2," 14 Oct. 2019 Some World of Warcraft fans are in an age demographic commonly regarded on social media as disinterested in games: Baby Boomers. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'World of Warcraft Classic' draws on gaming nostalgia," 27 Aug. 2019 New Yorkers are renowned for their ability to ignore people on subways, so being able to draw the interest of people who are world-class talents at being disinterested was something the Felice Brothers had to learn. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Felice Brothers continue to explore social landscape with new album, ‘Undress,’ and a Grog Shop gig," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Season 24's contestants have been a mixed bag of emotional breakdowns, catfights, and what appears to be general disinterest in even becoming Mrs. Weber at the end of the day. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Whatever Is Going On With The Bachelor, It’s Clearly Working," 11 Feb. 2020 Some of the native representatives come from states, like Texas, that showed disinterest in an accurate count and failed to provide adequate state funding for the job. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: From an Alaskan village to city’s West Side, census getting native attention," 25 Jan. 2020 Instead, many of them are either yawning with disinterest, or speculating on YouTube about just how bad the last installment in the 40-year-old series might be. Amit Phull, STAT, "Star Wars and the U.S. health care system share this: bloat," 23 Dec. 2019 The segment also poked fun — intentionally or not — at Americans’ relative disinterest in the impeachment hearings that have consumed Washington for weeks. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Jimmy Kimmel asked people if they supported Trump’s impeachment — using facts from Watergate," 20 Nov. 2019 And Innate was obscure in biotech circles, a penny stock whose press releases and milestones were met with disinterest from mainstream analysts and indifference by the market. Damian Garde, STAT, "Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison in biotech insider trading scheme," 17 Jan. 2020 In a handful of states, the proposals already seem stalled, stymied by inattention or disinterest by the most powerful figures in the state governments. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "After California Law, Statehouses Push to Expand Rights of College Athletes," 13 Jan. 2020 The Saudis have faced a fair bit of disinterest in marketing the Aramco IPO to the West. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Why Saudi Arabia Might be Having Seller’s Remorse Over the Imminent Saudi Aramco IPO," 30 Nov. 2019 Sullivan-Leonard is the first legislative incumbent to confirm her disinterest in the 2020 election. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Wasilla representative says she will not run for re-election," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of disinterest


1612, in the meaning defined above


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disinterest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinterest. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disinterest

: lack of interest
: the quality or state of not being influenced by personal feelings, opinions, or concerns

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