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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For anyone interested, the study pays 16,500 euros, or about $18,522. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Want to Pay Someone $19,000 to Lie Down For Two Months," 29 Mar. 2019 According to the report, Launcher is interested in oxygen-rich staged combustion, similar to that used for the RD-180 engine but with a smaller engine for a smallsat rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer," 7 Dec. 2018 The store's director of operations, Elizabeth Brady, told Fox News that two regular customers were interested in the two pieces and paid full price—$1,000—but the couple didn't actually believe that the pieces were haunted, either. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 Tenzi has been interested in sewing and fashion since middle school, and realized that sewing could be a useful skill for women in Tanzania. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 The Walking Dead used to be really interested in the impact of the extraordinary on the ordinary machinations of life, and for me, that was the show’s most compelling aspect. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead’s midseason finale got the show back on track," 26 Nov. 2018 Other cultures looking to the sky, Aveni said, were more interested in how the different planets interacted than in any individual planet's journeys. Meghan Bartels,, "Who Discovered Mars, Anyway? A Look Back at the History of the Red Planet," 27 July 2018 Lawmakers aren’t that interested in interest rates. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Analysis: Five Takeaways from Powell’s Congressional Testimony," 1 Mar. 2019 Of course, this means that some fans think Kylie will be on the lookout for a new BFF, a position MANY people are interested in. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Crazy Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods Cheating Scandal Memes Are Exploding on Twitter," 22 Feb. 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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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