interested (adj.)

1660s, "characterized by concern or sympathy," past-participle adjective from interest (v.). From 1828 as "having an interest or stake (in something);" sense "motivated by self-interest" (1705) is perhaps a back-formation from disinterested. Related: Interestedness.

updated on December 13, 2015

Definitions of interested from WordNet

interested (adj.)
having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern;
interested in sports
an interested audience
interested in knowing who was on the telephone
interested spectators
was interested to hear about her family
interested (adj.)
involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in;
the interested parties met to discuss the business
Synonyms: concerned
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