Synonyms for interest

Synonyms for (noun) interest

Synonyms: pastime, pursuit, interest

Definition: a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

Usage: sailing is her favorite pastime; his main pastime is gambling; he counts reading among his interests; they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits

Similar words: diversion, recreation

Definition: an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

Usage: scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists; for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles; drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation

Synonyms: sake, interest

Definition: a reason for wanting something done

Usage: for your sake; died for the sake of his country; in the interest of safety; in the common interest

Similar words: benefit, welfare

Definition: something that aids or promotes well-being

Usage: for the benefit of all

Synonyms: interest, interestingness

Definition: the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

Usage: they said nothing of great interest; primary colors can add interest to a room

Similar words: power, powerfulness

Definition: possession of controlling influence

Usage: the deterrent power of nuclear weapons; the power of his love saved her; his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade

Synonyms: involvement, interest

Definition: a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

Usage: an interest in music

Similar words: curiosity, wonder

Definition: a state in which you want to learn more about something

Synonyms: interest, interest group

Definition: (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

Usage: the iron interests stepped up production

Similar words: social group

Definition: people sharing some social relation

Synonyms: stake, interest

Definition: (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something

Usage: they have interests all over the world; a stake in the company's future

Similar words: share, percentage, part, portion

Definition: assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

Usage: he wanted his share in cash

Synonyms: interest

Definition: a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed

Usage: how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?

Similar words: fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs

Definition: a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)

Synonyms for (verb) interest

Synonyms: interest

Definition: excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Similar words: kindle, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, arouse, raise, provoke

Definition: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Usage: arouse pity; raise a smile; evoke sympathy

Synonyms: matter to, interest

Definition: be of importance or consequence

Usage: This matters to me!

Similar words: concern, bear on, come to, refer, relate, touch, touch on, have-to doe with, pertain

Definition: be relevant to

Usage: There were lots of questions referring to her talk; My remark pertained to your earlier comments

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