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Word Example of - interest

    Example Sentences for interest

    We visited all the places of interest, including the battlefield of Tel-eh-kebir.

    But, whatever you may think about that, it shows her interest, and I thought you would like to know it.

    What interpretation could she place upon these frequent marks of interest?

    They were evidently engaged in the discussion of some topic of interest when I entered.

    He went about absorbed in the interest and the actuality of this dream.

    Our strange craft excited a good deal of interest all along the route.

    The only acceptable explanation would be in terms of will and interest.

    She was looking at the girl with interest and was surprised to note how pretty she was.

    She seemed to take a great deal of interest in criminal cases.

    Adherence to the Union was a matter of sentiment, a matter of interest.

Word Origin & History of - interest

    Word Origin & History

    interest early 15c., earlier interesse (late 14c.), from Anglo-Fr. interesse "what one has a legal concern in," from M.L. interesse "compensation for loss," from L. interresse "to concern, make a difference, be of importance," lit. "to be between," from inter- "between" + esse "to be." Form influenced 15c. by O.Fr. interest "damage," from L. interest "it is of importance, it makes a difference," third pers. sing. present of interresse. Financial sense of "money paid for the use of money lent" (1529) earlier was distinguished from usury (illegal under Church law) by being in ref. to "compensation ...due from a defaulting debtor." Meaning "curiosity" is first attested 1771.

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