in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd; ˈin-tə-ˌre-, ˈin-ˌtre-; ˈin-tər- \

Definition of interested

1 : having the attention engaged interested listeners
2 : being affected or involved interested parties

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Other Words from interested

interestedly adverb

Examples of interested in a Sentence

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.
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What this means: There’s a considerable dose of hype around 5G, and part of that is to simply get users interested. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 Because there is virtually no data behind the treatment and it hasn't been approved by the FDA, experts (along with Allure editors) are unclear of the long-term effects of the procedure and urge those interested to tread with extreme caution. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 National baseball scribe Jeff Passan tweeted that the Dodgers, while still interested in Machado, have also set their sights on Gennett. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Imagine if the Reds were buyers instead of sellers at MLB trade deadline," 13 July 2018 Train yourself to say the same thing ten times a day and to look profoundly interested as 30-something MBAs pick apart your life’s work. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Last month’s primary was also the first to allow voter registration on election day, an effort designed to encourage those who get interested late in the campaign season. John Myers,, "California's primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it," 10 July 2018 Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change, has long been interested in unseating Museveni but dismissed the upcoming talks as a waste of time in a country where the president monopolizes political power. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave," 17 Dec. 2018 In Spring 2016, Collins Avenue reached out to see if the couple was interested in filming a pilot. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About David and Lauren Liess's New DIY Network Show," 6 Nov. 2018 What was once a possible purchase for those who might have been interested in YouTube’s original content that was hidden behind a membership fee suddenly seems like an inexplicable buy. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of interested

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of interested

: wanting to learn more about something or to become involved in something

: having the desire to do or have something

: having a direct or personal involvement in something


in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ ˈin-trə-stəd, ˈin-tə-rə-\

Kids Definition of interested

: wanting to learn more about or become involved with something an interested listener



Legal Definition of interested

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

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