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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪntɹəstɪd/, /ˈɪntəɹɛstɪd/
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈɪntɹəstəd/, /ˈɪntəɹɛstəd/
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interested (comparative more interested, superlative most interested)

  1. Having or showing interest.
    I'm very interested in going to see that play.
  2. (now rare) Motivated by considerations of self-interest; self-serving.
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. III, ch. 88:
      I was even mortified at those instances of his liberality, which my situation compelled me to receive, lest, being but little acquainted with my disposition, he should suspect me of being interested in my love [] .
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      they impressed my youthful mind with a sincere aversion to the northern inhabitants of Britain, as a people bloodthirsty in time of war, treacherous during truce, interested, selfish, avaricious, and tricky in the business of peaceful life, and having few good qualities [...].
    • 1982, Peter Partner, The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and Their Myth, Oxford University Press, page 99
      He maintained -- the thought is not unnatural in a royal historiographer -- that the generous actions of great princes are often twisted and misrepresented by interested critics.
  3. Owning a share of a company.


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  1. simple past tense and past participle of interest