un·in·ter·est·ed | \ ˌən-ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd ; -ˈin-tə-ˌre- , -ˈin-ˌtre- ; -ˈin-tər- \

Definition of uninterested 

: not interested : not having the mind or feelings engaged

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disinterested vs. uninterested: Usage Guide

Disinterested and uninterested have a tangled history. Uninterested originally meant impartial, but this sense fell into disuse during the 18th century. About the same time the original sense of disinterested also disappeared, with uninterested developing a new sense—the present meaning—to take its place. The original sense of uninterested is still out of use, but the original sense of disinterested revived in the early 20th century. The revival has since been under frequent attack as an illiteracy and a blurring or loss of a useful distinction. Actual usage shows otherwise. The "free from selfish interest" sense of disinterested is still its most frequent sense, especially in edited prose; it shows no sign of vanishing. Further, disinterested has developed an additional sense—"no longer interested"—perhaps influenced by the "deprive of" sense of the prefix dis-, that contrasts with uninterested. when I grow tired or disinterested in anything, I experience a disgust —Jack London, letter, 1914 Still, use of the "not interested" and "no longer interested" senses of disinterested will incur the disapproval of some who may not fully appreciate the history of this word or the subtleties of its present use.

Examples of uninterested in a Sentence

the teacher decided to make a career change after having to teach yet another class of uninterested teens

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Not with the way his team came into the playoffs, looking like a slumping, uninterested bunch in recent weeks. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kerr’s starting lineup a surprise as Warriors blow out Spurs in Game 1," 14 Apr. 2018 Indeed, this term even Kennedy appeared uninterested in making concessions to the liberal justices. David Fontana, Vox, "Justice Sotomayor is poised to lead the minority wing of the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 Many of the rest are too inexperienced or just uninterested in the White House. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Democrats should take mayors seriously as presidential candidates," 22 June 2018 Lewis has been writing for Vanity Fair magazine about how ill-prepared and uninterested in such details the Trump administration appears to be. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Author Michael Lewis turns his attention from Wall Street to Washington, D.C.," 10 Apr. 2018 Even some White House officials are uninterested in planning the parade, and are dragging their feet, according to a senior administration official. NBC News, "Planning for Trump's military parade finally getting underway," 28 June 2018 But that doesn’t mean the paper is completely uninterested in questions of gender. James Freeman, WSJ, "Gender, Campbell’s Soup and the American Consumer," 21 May 2018 But, says Catherine Grenier, director of the Fondation Giacometti, the artist himself was largely uninterested in fame and fortune. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 But McCain and his colleagues have been quite uninterested in restraining Trump through the legislative process, or even passing resolutions of disapproval. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Decline Great Again," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of uninterested

1661, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uninterested

: not wanting to learn more about something or become involved in something : not interested


un·in·ter·est·ed | \ ˌən-ˈin-trə-stəd , -ˈin-tə-rə- \

Kids Definition of uninterested

: not interested He was uninterested in watching the parade.

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