Interest

In"ter*est

, n. [OF. interest, F. intrt, fr. L. interest it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse to be between, to be difference, to be importance; inter between + esse to be; cf. LL. interesse usury. See Essence.]
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1. Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity.
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Interest expresses mental excitement of various kinds and degrees. It may be intellectual, or sympathetic and emotional, or merely personal; as, an interest in philosophical research; an interest in human suffering; the interest which an avaricious man takes in money getting.
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So much interest have I in thy sorrow.
Shak.
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2. (Finance, Commerce) Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
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3. Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
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Divisions hinder the common interest and public good.
Sir W. Temple.
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When interest calls of all her sneaking train.
Pope.
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4. (Finance) A fee paid for the use of money; a fee paid for a loan; -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.
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They have told their money, and let out
Their coin upon large interest.
Shak.
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5. Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
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You shall have your desires with interest.
Shak.
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6. The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.
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Compound interest, interest, not only on the original principal, but also on unpaid interest from the time it fell due. -- Simple interest, interest on the principal sum without interest on overdue interest.
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