interest (

     n 1: a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or
          something; "an interest in music" [syn: involvement]
     2: the power of attracting or holding one's interest (because
        it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of
        great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a
        room" [syn: interestingness] [ant: uninterestingness]
     3: a reason for wanting something done; "for your sake"; "died
        for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety";
        "in the common interest" [syn: sake]
     4: a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of
        the amount borrowed; "how much interest do you pay on your
     5: a subject or pursuit that occupies one's time and thoughts
        (usually pleasantly): "sailing is her favorite pastime";
        "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among
        his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited
        interests" [syn: pastime]
     6: a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement
        with something; "they have interests all over the world";
        "a stake in the company's future" [syn: stake]
     7: (usually plural) a social group whose members control some
        field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron
        interests stepped up production" [syn: interest group]
     v 1: excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of [ant: bore]
     2: be on the mind of; "What is worrying you?" [syn: concern,
        occupy, worry]
     3: be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!" [syn:
         matter to]