in·​ter·​est·​ed ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd How to pronounce interested (audio) ˈin-tə-ˌre- How to pronounce interested (audio)
: having the attention engaged
interested listeners
: being affected or involved
interested parties
interestedly adverb

Example Sentences

The listeners were all greatly interested in the lecture. students who are interested in archaeology I'd be interested to learn more about his background. I'm interested to hear what you have to say. I was very interested to learn that she had once lived in California. I asked him if he wanted to play tennis, but he said he wasn't interested. The plan will have to be approved by all interested parties. See More
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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interested was in 1602

Dictionary Entries Near interested

Cite this Entry

“Interested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition


: having a recognizable interest in a matter compare interest sense 2
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