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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interest \In"ter*est\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interested; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Interesting.] [From interess'd, p. p. of the older
     form interess, fr. F. int['e]resser, L. interesse. See
     Interest, n.]
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     1. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to
        excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or
        thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest
        one in charitable work.
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              To love our native country . . . to be interested in
              its concerns is natural to all men.   --Dryden.
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              A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages.
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     2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern;
        to excite; -- often used impersonally. [Obs.]
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              Or rather, gracious sir,
              Create me to this glory, since my cause
              Doth interest this fair quarrel.      --Ford.
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     3. To cause or permit to share. [Obs.]
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              The mystical communion of all faithful men is such
              as maketh every one to be interested in those
              precious blessings which any one of them receiveth
              at God's hands.                       --Hooker.
     Syn: To concern; excite; attract; entertain; engage; occupy;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interest \In"ter*est\, n. [OF. interest, F. int['e]r[^e]t, 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
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     Note: 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
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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
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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.
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              When interest calls of all her sneaking train.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or
           something; "an interest in music" [syn: interest,
      2: 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, interest]
      3: the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because
         it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of great
         interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room" [syn:
         interest, interestingness] [ant: uninterestingness]
      4: a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of
         the amount borrowed; "how much interest do you pay on your
      5: (law) 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: interest,
      6: (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, interest
      7: a diversion 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
         pursuits" [syn: pastime, interest, pursuit]
      v 1: excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of [ant:
           bore, tire]
      2: be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic
         consonant shift" [syn: concern, interest, occupy,
      3: be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!" [syn:
         matter to, interest]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  533 Moby Thesaurus words for "interest":
     absolute interest, absorb, absorption, accent, accrued dividends,
     accumulated dividends, acquisitiveness, activities, activity,
     advantage, advocacy, aegis, affair, affairs, affect,
     affect the interest, agacerie, allotment, allowance, allure,
     allurement, amusement, animate, answer to, appeal, appertain to,
     applicability, application, apply to, appositeness, appurtenance,
     arouse, attention, attentiveness, attract, attraction,
     attractiveness, auspices, authority, autism, avail, avocation, aye,
     backing, bag, bait, bank rate, be attractive, bear on, bear upon,
     bearing, beckon, beguilement, beguiling, behalf, behoof, belong to,
     benefit, benison, bewitchery, bewitchment, bias, big end,
     bigger half, birthright, bit, bite, blandishment, blessing, boon,
     breakaway group, bribe, bring, budget, business, cajolery, camp,
     campaign, capital gains, captivate, captivation, capture, care,
     careerism, carrot, carry, cash dividend, catch, catch up in,
     cathexis, caucus, cause, championship, charisma, charity, charm,
     charmingness, chunk, claim, cleanup, clear profit, come-hither,
     commerce, commission, commitment, common, compensatory interest,
     compound interest, con, concern, concernment, conjugal right,
     connect, connection, consequence, consequentiality, consideration,
     contingent, contingent interest, convenience, correspond to,
     countenance, crusade, cumulative dividend, curiosity, curious mind,
     curiousness, cut, deal, deal with, decide, demand, destiny,
     determine, discount rate, discrimination, dispose, diversion,
     dividend, dividends, divine right, division, doing, dole, drag,
     draw, draw in, drive, droit, due, earnings, easement, ego trip,
     egotism, embarrass, emphasis, employ, employment, enchantment,
     encouragement, end, engage, engagement, engross, engrossment,
     enlist, enmesh, entangle, enterprise, entertainment, enthrallment,
     enthusiasm, enticement, entrapment, equal share,
     equitable interest, equity, estate, ethnic group, excellence,
     excite, excite interest, excitement, exorbitant interest,
     extra dividend, faction, faculty, faith, fascinate, fascination,
     fate, favor, favoritism, fetch, fillip, filthy lucre, fire,
     flirtation, forbidden fruit, fosterage, function, gain, gains,
     germaneness, get, get to do, gettings, ghoulishness, glamour,
     gleanings, good, goodwill, graspingness, great cause, greed, gross,
     gross interest, gross profit, guidance, half, halver,
     have connection with, helping, high order, high rank, hoard, hobby,
     hold, holding, implicate, import, importance, inalienable right,
     incentive, incite, incitement, inclination, incline, income,
     individualism, induce, inducement, inequality, infect, influence,
     inquiring mind, inquisitiveness, inside track, interest group,
     interest in, interest rate, interestedness, interests,
     interim dividend, intrigue, inveiglement, investment, invitation,
     invite, involve, involve in, involvement, issue,
     itch for knowledge, job, killing, kindle, labor, lead, leaning,
     liaise with, lifework, limitation, link with, lively interest,
     lookout, lot, lucrative interest, lucre, lure, magnetism, makings,
     mark, mass movement, materiality, matter, matter of interest,
     measure, meddlesomeness, meed, melon, mental acquisitiveness,
     merit, mess, minority group, modicum, moiety, moment,
     morbid curiosity, mortgage points, move, movement, narcissism,
     natural right, nay, neat profit, nepotism, net, net interest,
     net profit, no, nosiness, note, notice, occupation, officiousness,
     offshoot, one-sidedness, optional dividend, paper profits,
     paramountcy, part, parti pris, partiality, participation,
     partisanism, partisanship, party, passion, pastime, patronage,
     payment, pelf, penal interest, percentage, perk, perks, perquisite,
     personal aims, personal ambition, personal desires, personalism,
     persuade, persuasive, pertain to, pertinence, phony dividend,
     pickings, piece, pique, plaque, plum, point, political party,
     portion, possessiveness, power, precedence, preeminence,
     preference, preferential treatment, premium, prerogative,
     prescription, pressure group, presumptive right, pretense,
     pretension, prevail upon, price, price of money, primacy,
     principle, priority, privatism, pro, proceeding, proceeds, procure,
     profit, profits, prompt, proper claim, property, property right,
     proportion, prosperity, provocation, provoke, prurience,
     prurient interest, prying, pull, pursuit, quantum, quicken, quota,
     rake-off, rate, rate of interest, ration, reason for being,
     receipts, refer to, reference, regard, regular dividend, relate to,
     relatedness, relaxation, relevance, remoteness, respect, return,
     returns, reward, right, right of entry, scopophilia, scrutiny,
     seconding, sect, seducement, seduction, seductiveness, segment,
     self-absorption, self-admiration, self-advancement,
     self-centeredness, self-consideration, self-containment,
     self-devotion, self-esteem, self-importance, self-indulgence,
     self-interest, self-interestedness, self-jealousy, self-occupation,
     self-pleasing, self-seeking, self-serving, self-solicitude,
     self-sufficiency, selfishness, selfism, service, settlement,
     sex appeal, share, side, significance, silent majority,
     simple interest, slice, small share, snare, snaring,
     special dividend, special favor, special interest, splinter,
     splinter group, sponsorship, stake, stimulate, stimulation,
     stimulative, stimulus, stock, stock dividend, store, stress,
     strict settlement, suck into, suction, summon, superiority,
     supremacy, sway, sweetener, sweetening, sympathy, take, take-in,
     talk into, tangle, tantalization, tantalize, tease, tempt,
     temptation, the affirmative, the negative, thing,
     thirst for knowledge, tickle, tie in with, titillate, title, touch,
     touch upon, transaction, treat of, trust, tutelage, undertaking,
     undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality, use, usury, value,
     vested interest, vested right, vocal minority, voyeurism, wealth,
     weight, welfare, well-being, whet, whet the appetite, wing,
     winning ways, winnings, winsomeness, witchery, wooing, work,
     world of good, worth

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTEREST, estates. The right which a man has in a chattel real, and more 
  particularly in a future term. It is a word of less efficacy and extent than 
  estates, though, in legal understanding, an interest extends to estates, 
  rights and titles which a man has in or out of lands, so that by a grant of 
  his whole interest in land, a reversion as well as the fee simple shall 
  pass. Co. Litt. 345. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTEREST, contracts. The right of property which a man has in a thing, 
  commonly called insurable interest. It is not easy to give all accurate 
  definition of insurable interest. 1 Burr. 480; 1 Pet. R. 163; 12 Wend. 507 
  16 Wend. 385; 16 Pick. 397; 13 Mass. 61, 96; 3 Day, 108; 1 Wash. C. C. Rep. 
       2. The policy of commerce and the various complicated. rights which 
  different persons may have in the same thing, require that not only those 
  who have an absolute property in ships and goods, but those also who have a 
  qualified property therein, may be at liberty to insure them. For example, 
  when a ship is mortgaged, after, the mortgage becomes absolute, the owner of 
  the legal estate has an insurable interest, and the mortgagor, on account of 
  his equity, has also an insurable interest. 2 T. R. 188 1 Burr. 489; 13 
  Mass. 96; 10 Pick. 40 and see 1 T. R. 745; Marsh. Ins. h. t.; 6 Meeson & 
  Welshy, 224. 
       3. A man may not only insure his own life for the benefit of his heirs 
  or creditors, and assign the benefit of this insurance to others having thus 
  or otherwise an interest in his life, but be may insure the life of another 
  in which he may be interested. Marsh. Ins. Index, h. t.; Park, Ins. Index, 
  h. t.; 1 Bell's Com. 629, 5th ed.; 9 East, R. 72. Vide Insurance. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTEREST, evidence. The benefit which a person has in the matter about to be 
  decided and which is in issue between the parties. By the term benefit is 
  here understood some pecuniary or other advantage, which if obtained, would 
  increase the, witness estate, or some loss, which would decrease it. 
       2. It is a general rule that a party who has an interest in the cause 
  cannot be a witness. It will be proper to consider this matter by taking a 
  brief view of the thing or subject in dispute, which is the object of the 
  interest; the quantity of interest; the quality of interest; when an 
  interested witness can be examined; when the interest must exist; how an 
  interested witness can be rendered competent. 
       3.-1. To be disqualified on the ground of interest, the witness must 
  gain or lose by the event of the cause, or the verdict must be lawful 
  evidence for or against him in another suit, or the record must be an 
  instrument of evidence for or against him. 3 John. Cas. 83; 1 Phil. Ev. 36; 
  Stark. Ev. pt. 4, p. 744. But an interest in the question does not 
  disqualify the witness. 1 Caines, 171; 4 John. 302; 5 John. 255; 1 Serg. & 
  R. 82, 36; 6 Binn. 266; 1 H. & M. 165, 168. 
       4.-2. The magnitude of the interest is altogether immaterial, even a 
  liability for the most trifling costs will be sufficient. 5 T. R. 174; 2 
  Vern. 317; 2 Greenl. 194; 11 John. 57. 
       5.-3. With regard to the quality, the interest must be legal, as 
  contradistinguished from mere prejudice or bias, arising from relationship, 
  friendship, or any of the numerous motives by which a witness may be 
  supposed to be influenced. Leach, 154; 2 St. Tr. 334, 891; 2 Hawk. ch. 46, 
  s. 25. It must be a present, certain, vested interest, and not uncertain and 
  contingent. Dougl. 134; 2 P. Wms. 287; 3 S. & R. 132; 4 Binn. 83; 2 Yeates, 
  200; 5 John. 256; 7 Mass. 25. And it must have been acquired without fraud. 
  3 Camp. 380; l M. & S. 9; 1 T. R. 37. 
       6.-4. To the general rule that interest renders a witness 
  incompetent, there are some exceptions. First. Although the witness may have 
  an interest, yet if his interest is equally strong on the other side, and no 
  more, the witness is reduced to a state of neutrality by an equipoise of 
  interest, and the objection to his testimony ceases. 7 T. R. 480, 481, n.; 1 
  Bibb, R. 298; 2 Mass. R. 108; 2 S. & R. 119; 6 Penn. St. Rep. 322. 
       7. Secondly. In some instances the law admits the testimony of one 
  interested, from the extreme necessity of the case; upon this ground the 
  servant of a tradesman is admitted to prove the delivery of goods and the 
  payment of money, without any release from the master. 4 T. R. 490; 2 Litt. 
  R. 27. 
       8.-5. The interest, to render the witness disqualified, must exist at 
  the time of his examination. A deposition made at a time when the witness 
  had no interest, may be read in evidence, although he has afterwards 
  acquired an interest. 1 Hoff. R. 21. 
       9.-6. The objection to incompetency on the ground of interest may be 
  removed by an extinguishment of that interest by means of a release, 
  executed either by the witness, when he would receive an advantage by his 
  testimony, or by those who have a claim upon him when his testimony would be 
  evidence of his liability. The objection may also be removed by payment. 
  Stark. Ev. pt. 4, p. 757. See Benth. Rationale of Jud. Ev. 628-692, where he 
  combats the established doctrines of the law, as to the exclusion on the 
  ground of interest; and Balance. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTEREST, MARITIME. By maritime interest is understood the profit of money 
  lent on bottomry or respondentia, which is allowed to be greater than simple 
  interest because the capital of the lender is put in jeopardy. There is no 
  limit by law as to the amount which may be charged for maritime interest. It 
  is fixed generally by the agreement of the parties. 
       2. The French writers employ a variety of terms in order to distinguish 
  if according to the nature of the case. They call it interest, when it is 
  stipulated to be paid by the month, or at other stated periods. It is a 
  premium, when a gross sum is to be paid at the end of the voyage, and here 
  the risk is the principal object they have in view. When the sum is a per 
  centage on the money lent, they call it exchange, considering it in the 
  light of money lent at one place to be returned in another, with a 
  difference in amount between the sum borrowed and that which is paid, 
  arising from the difference of time and place. When they intend to combine 
  these various shades into one general denomination, they make use of the 
  term maritime profit, to convey their meaning. Hall on Mar. Loans, 56, n. 

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