in·​ter·​est·​ed ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd How to pronounce interested (audio) ˈin-tə-ˌre- How to pronounce interested (audio)
: having the attention engaged
interested listeners
: being affected or involved
interested parties
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the Supreme Court sought input from the Biden administration on the appeal, an indication that the justices could be interested in hearing the case. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2024 Officials have said an industrial user was interested in the properties, and would generate too much truck traffic for the area. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2024 The group is inviting interested hikers to meet at the Saratoga Library’s parking lot at 7:50 a.m. that day for the hike to begin at 8 a.m.. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 10 July 2024 But there is little here for those interested in specific ideas about how investing in green spaces might bring about a better, more equitable future. Naomi Huffman, The Atlantic, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for interested 

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interested was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Interested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


: having a recognizable interest in a matter compare interest sense 2
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