IN'TEREST, v.t. [L. inter and esse.]1. To concern; to affect; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favor,but sometimes against a person or thing. A narration of suffering interests us in favor of the sufferer. We are interested in the story or in the fate of the sufferer. We are interested to know the result, issue or event of an enterprise. It is followed by in or for. We are interested in the narration,but for the sufferer.2. To give a share in. Christ, by his atonement, has interested believers in the blessings of the covenant of grace.3. To have a share. We are not all interested in the public funds, but we are all interested in the happiness of a free government.4. To engage; as, to interest one in our favor.
To interest one's self, is to take a share or concern in.
IN'TEREST, n. Concern; advantage; good; as private interest; public interest. Divisions hinder the common interest and public good.1. Influence over others. They had now lost their interest at court. He knew his interest sufficient to procure the office.2. Share; portion; part; participation in value. He has parted with his interest in the stocks. He has an interest in a manufactory of cotton goods.3. Regard to private profit. 'Tis interest calls off all her sneaking train.4. Premium paid for the use of money; the profit per cent derived from money lent, or property used by another person, or from debts remaining unpaid. Commercial states have a legal rate of interest. Debts on book bear an interest after the expiration of the credit. Courts allow interest in many cases where it is not stipulated. A higher rate of interest than that which the law allows, is called usury. Simple interest is that which arises from the principal sum only. Compound interest is that which arises from the principal with the interest added; interest on interest.5. Any surplus advantage. With all speed, you shall have your desire with interest.