Hypertext Webster Gateway: "interested"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Interested \In"ter*est*ed\, a. [See {Interest}, v. t.]
1. Having the attention engaged; having emotion or passion
excited; as, an interested listener.

2. Having an interest; concerned in a cause or in
consequences; liable to be affected or prejudiced; as, an
interested witness.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Interest \In"ter*est\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interested}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Interesting}.] [From interess'd, p. p. of the older
form interess, fr. F. int['e]resser, L. interesse. See
{Interest}, n.]
1. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to
excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or
thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest
one in charitable work.

To love our native country . . . to be interested in
its concerns is natural to all men. --Dryden.

A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages.

2. To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern;
to excite; -- often used impersonally. [Obs.]

Or rather, gracious sir, Create me to this glory,
since my cause Doth interest this fair quarrel.

3. To cause or permit to share. [Obs.]

The mystical communion of all faithful men is such
as maketh every one to be interested in those
precious blessings which any one of them receiveth
at God's hands. --Hooker.

Syn: To concern; excite; attract; entertain; engage; occupy;

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having or showing interest; especially curiosity or
fascination or concern; "an interested audience";
"interested in sports"; "was interested to hear about
her family"; "interested in knowing who was on the
telephone"; "interested spectators" [ant: {uninterested}]
2: involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in;
"a memorandum to those concerned"; "an enterprise in which
three men are concerned"; "factors concerned in the rise
and fall of epidemics"; "the interested parties met to
discuss the business" [syn: {concerned}]

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