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 This year, haunted houses are interested in devices that can be operated via wireless technology to frighten patrons — or deliver safety instructions. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities Halloween attractions switch to drive-through, drive-in or virtual haunts to be safe and scary," 13 Oct. 2020 When the Wings called and offered a two-year, $4 million contract, Namestnikov wasn’t interested in entertaining any other offers in free agency. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Vladislav Namestnikov and Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup dynasty are family," 12 Oct. 2020 And while the apps were taken down, the fact Qihoo 360 launched the new apps at all may be indicative that China is interested in loosening at least some of its Internet controls. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "A Chinese app managed to scale China’s Great Firewall, then got taken down," 12 Oct. 2020 His agent told Taylor, who’d received plenty of attention from NBA scouts while averaging 21.3 points per game and shooting 42.4% from 3-point range as a junior at Evansville, that no teams — not even ones in the G League — were interested in him. Connor Letourneau,, "How Ryan Taylor went from mother’s house to Warriors minicamp," 12 Oct. 2020 More recently, Barrow was interested in the possibility that the fine-structure constant—an unexplained number that describes the strength of the electromagnetic force—might not be constant at all but rather vary over cosmological scales. Paul Davies, Scientific American, "In Memoriam: John D. Barrow," 10 Oct. 2020 Clarke was interested in getting showings at the theaters frequented by Harlem teenagers, but all attempts failed. Sarah Cowan, The New York Review of Books, "The Complicated Camera of Filmmaker Shirley Clarke," 10 Oct. 2020 During the spring and early summer months of this year, Southwest Gen met with six different ice rink and hockey organizations who were interested in leasing the facility. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hope melts for reopening Ice-Plex skating center in Escondido," 10 Oct. 2020 Unlike his father and grandfather — who broke the story of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and later become an Australian regional newspaper magnate — James wasn’t interested in the romance of newspapers. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, "James Murdoch, Rebellious Scion," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Interested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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 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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