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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The day camp is part of the chess club’s initiative to get more girls interested in the game. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "West Louisville Chess Club not dwelling on controversial Bevin remarks," 13 July 2018 Young’s staff will collect names on people interested in the federal judicial nomination and forward that information to the White House, which will select a nominee. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 The Toffees are not the only club interested in signing the midfielder though, with a number of 'top six' clubs allegedly keen., "Watford Reject Everton's €30m Bid for Star Player as Toffees Look to Bolster Midfield Squad Depth," 13 July 2018 But in the end, this is about learning and reading and getting kids interested in books. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "'Party That Shall Not Be Named' returns July 28 to celebrate all things Harry Potter," 13 July 2018 Companies like Wag! and Rover connect enthusiastic animal-aficionados with dog-owners interested in hiring people for day-to-day services like dog walks, or long-term services, like pet-sitting. Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018 Slow production rates have meant too few Powerwalls are available for customers interested in the three-year-old product. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 Southern Handcraft Society Meeting Meets 1st Tuesday: Anyone interested in crafting is welcome to attend. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The model Legum plans to follow most closely comes from tech analyst Ben Thompson, whose daily newsletter Stratechery costs $10 a month or $100 a year, and is required reading for many people interested in tech. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 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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