Definition of interesting
: holding the attention : arousing interest
Examples of interesting in a Sentence
This is one of the most interesting books I've read all year.
It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money.
This building has an interesting history.
I don't find politics very interesting.
I found it interesting to learn that she had once lived in California.
Most of what he said wasn't interesting to me.
Recent Examples of interesting from the Web
Like Minds Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St., 414-239-8587) is a must for anyone who enjoys wood-aged beers with interesting flavor profiles, whether sour or merely funky.
This will be the 11th annual Fun Float, with paddlers going up to approximately six miles round trip on an interesting and historic stretch of Trail Creek in Michigan City.
Check back every week for new and interesting studies from around the world.
This should be an interesting test as the Sounders look for their first victory against a winning team.
But just where does the interesting tradition come from?
The rare three-day weekend throws an interesting wrinkle into those drinking plans.
Ronnie is a pudgy nerd, with tech-geek skills and a brain-melting crush on C. J. Summer is there for Matt to ogle and flirt with, and to attest to the screenwriters’ utter inability to make a woman in a bathing suit an interesting character.
The actual mechanism of the screen is interesting as well, making use of a mirror in order to let light in from the top, thereby saving battery power that might otherwise have to be devoted to backlighting.
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The Pronunciation and History of interesting
There are a number of ways to say interesting. It can have three syllables or four; it can have an accent only on the first syllable, or it can also have a secondary accent on the "res"; the first "e" can get ignored, resulting in a second syllable of "tres" rhyming with dress; or the second "e" can be ignored, resulting in a syllable that sounds like terse. All of these various pronunciations are well-established and occur in the speech of educated, native speakers of English.
The word interesting originally meant "of concern"; it was a synonym of important. It comes from the verb interest, which in its original use meant "to induce or persuade to participate or engage." If you were interested in something, you were not willing to be a bystander; you felt the need to participate or engage.
First Known Use of interesting
INTERESTING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interesting for English Language Learners
: attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring
INTERESTING Defined for Kids
Definition of interesting for Students
: holding the attention : not dull or boring an interesting story
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