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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Women and men and children who are interested in joining can just show up., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 Anyone who's interested in volunteering can do so by filling out her Google Doc. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Southern Indiana Pride is this weekend. Here's everything you need to know," 20 June 2019 With potentially three starting spots — shooting guard, small forward and center — to replace, the Warriors are interested in drafting prospects who can slide into the rotation immediately. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors acquire No. 41 pick in NBA draft from Hawks," 20 June 2019 And even if more players were interested in monetizing independently, fewer than 5 percent of esports pros have reached a level of scale to garner significant independent sponsorship deals. Washington Post, "Debate: What does a fair esports contract look like? It’s complicated.," 18 June 2019 But Daniel is interested in keeping the town and hopes to make small changes. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan, where only pride flags are allowed to fly," 18 June 2019 At the time of his death, Guzman-Feliz was a member of the NYPD Explorers, a program geared towards people who are interested in a career in law enforcement or the criminal justice system. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Machete killing of Bronx teen in case of mistaken identity leads to five convictions," 15 June 2019 This isn't the first time Republicans have been interested in OTC contraception. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "The "Beyoncés Of Birth Control": Freshman Reps Introduce OTC Bill," 12 June 2019 After foreclosing on a reverse mortgage, the Cook County Chancery Court taps people such as private attorney Gerald Nordgren to investigate who might have a claim to the house or be interested in buying it. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 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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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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