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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The youth program provides training for high school students and young adults through age 21 that are interested in law enforcement careers and it is supplemented through fundraisers organized by the students. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Take your naughty kids to jail for a mugshot with Santa this December," 5 Dec. 2019 This is in its preliminary stage, so location and specific times will be decided once organizers understand how many people are interested., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 4 Dec. 2019 This practice, say critics, raises the potential for conflict of interest since those firms are assuredly not interested in giving Robinhood customers the lowest price on shares. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Red Flags for Robinhood," 4 Dec. 2019 Those interested in applying for the loans can do so online on the SBA’s site, Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Up to $2 million in loans available to South Florida small businesses hurt by Hurricane Dorian," 2 Dec. 2019 Nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been at an impasse for weeks, and North Korea recently stated it is no longer interested in holding talks with the US. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea fires unidentified projectile, South Korea says," 28 Nov. 2019 Louis Siciliano lives in Lake Forest and is interested in gardening and biking. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Shout Out: Louis Siciliano of Lake Forest, inheritor of a green thumb," 24 Nov. 2019 If passengers aren’t interested in talking, Kassab just gets to thinking. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "TriMet’s longest-tenured bus driver takes home agency’s top safety award, says ‘attitude is everything’," 24 Nov. 2019 Bou’s unique focus (previously covered by WIRED) sets him apart from other bird photographers, who are often more interested in their subject’s plumage or wingspans. Wired, "Starlings Fly in Flocks So Dense They Look Like Sculptures," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of interested

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of interested was in 1602

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Interested.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce interested (audio) How to pronounce interested (audio)

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

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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