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

Definition of interested

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Well represented in the show, for example, is Agnes Pelton, a SoCal spiritualist painter who had been interested in theosophy early in her life (and who was recently the subject of a terrific exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum). Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Sebald was interested in the subjective nature of history and in the tension between the macroscale at which world historical events are understood in retrospect and the individual scale at which they are lived. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2021 Katt's group is interested in a vacant lot owned by the city Redevelopment Authority at 3055 W. Hopkins St. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2021 But Hurts wasn't interested in reminiscing about watching Brady play throughout his childhood. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Board Speaker Mimi Cowan, a Democrat from Naperville, said members are still interested in compromising and that representatives from both the Democratic and Republican caucuses are meeting. Michelle Mullins,, 15 Oct. 2021 Alcocer said that Valle doesn’t have to pay rent to Hyatt for the space in Oceanside, which will give him the time to build a clientele who are interested in a style of dining and cuisine that isn’t being offered in San Diego County right now. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 He is supported by a brief filed by Jonathan Mitchell, one of the architects of the law now representing three individuals who are interested in bringing lawsuits against those who may violate the law. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Eventually, lawsuits went on so long that when Ann Hodges was finally awarded the meteor, few people were interested in buying it. al, 14 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interested.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of interested

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About interested

Time Traveler for interested

Time Traveler

The first known use of interested was in 1602

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near interested




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for interested

Last Updated

19 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Interested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for interested



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 How to pronounce interested (audio) , 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


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!