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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But that might not be enough to get skittish investors interested in bank stocks again. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Investors Look to Earnings to Snap Big-Bank Share Slump," 11 July 2018 Leaders from Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif., meanwhile, are interested in developing a ministry to help farmworkers who have struggled with labor rights, Segura said. Vikki Ortiz,, "'Chicago is the lighthouse': Local Catholic leaders take the lead in supporting immigrants," 13 July 2018 With so many interested teams and the unique opportunity of adding one of the best young sluggers in the game, the Orioles should maximize their return while not overplaying their hand. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 Republicans trail on both measures: 47 percent are extremely interested and 42 percent are more enthused. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Democrats ahead in election enthusiasm, interest -- and the vote," 12 July 2018 Trice was always interested in education policy work, and law school was a possibility someday, but after his tough first year, that took on more urgency., "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 11 July 2018 The player is under contract with West Brom until 2020, yet the French outfit are believed to be interested and could pursue a deal after Belgium's involvement in the tournament ends., "Belgium Star Nacer Chadli Emerges as Target for Ligue 1 Side Lyon Following World Cup Heroics," 10 July 2018 That speaks to Hollywood finally being interested in and believing in the impact of dark female stories. Jessica M. Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Gillian Flynn, Killer Queen," 8 July 2018 There are a bunch of teams interested and his value is unquestioned. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles might be testing the law of diminishing returns with Machado," 3 July 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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