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  • 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
  • (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
    • the iron interests stepped up production
  • (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
  • a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
    • how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?
  • 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
  • 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
  • a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
    • an interest in music
  • be of importance or consequence
    • This matters to me!
  • be on the mind of
    • I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift
  • excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
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