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a feeling that accompanies or causes special attention to something or someone

something or someone that arouses such attention

a quality in a thing or person arousing interest

a charge for borrowed money generally a percentage of the amount borrowed

the profit in goods or money that is made on invested capital

participation in advantage and responsibility

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15th century, in the meaning defined atsense 4a(1)

Middle English, probably alteration of earlierinteresse, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, to be between, make a difference, concern, frominter-+esseto be more atis

Interestis the cost of borrowingmoneyfor a certain period of time.

Lets assume you need $500,000 to buy a house. The price of borrowing thatmoneyis interest, and it is expressed as a percentage of the amount of money you obtain. The borrower pays the interest to thelender. The rate of interest reflects thetime valueof money, the borrowerscredit riskinflationrates and a variety of othermarketconditions.

rates are some of the most powerful and influential components of aneconomy. As a result,

most countries take a keen interest, if not an active role, in monitoring interest rates. They also affect individual, day-to-day consumer decisions, such as determining whether its a good time to buy a house, borrowmoneyfor a college degree, orputmoney in a specific type of bank account.

a feeling of wanting to learn more about something or to be involved in something

a quality that attracts your attention and makes you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something

something (such as a hobby) that a person enjoys learning about or doing

English Language Learners Definition ofinterest(Entry 2 of 2)

to cause (someone) to want to learn more about something or to become involved in something

to persuade (someone) to have, take, or participate

See the full definition forinterestin the English Language Learners Dictionary

a feeling of concern or curiosity about or desire to be involved with something

a quality that makes something more appealing or interesting

something that a person enjoys learning about or doing

something that provides help or benefit to a person or group

the money paid by a borrower for the use of borrowed money

a group financially interested in an industry or business

a future interest whose vesting is dependent upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of a future event

sufficient stock ownership in a corporation to exert control over policy

an interest (as a beneficial interest) that is held by virtue of equitable title or that may be claimed on the ground of equitable relief

a future interest other than a remainder or reversion that may take effect upon the divesting of a prior interest or one created simultaneously

Note:Unlike a remainder, an executory interest does not require the expiration of a prior interest. It was designed to guard against the destructibility of contingent remainders set forth in the rule in Shelleys case.

the interest of a party to a breached contract in receiving the benefit of the bargain by being put in a position as good as that which would have resulted had the contract been performed

an interest in property limited or created so that its owner will come into the use, possession, or enjoyment of it at some future time

an interest or stake in property or in a person that arises from the potential for especially financial loss upon the destruction of the property or the death of the person and that is a requirement for enforcing an insurance contract

Note:The purpose of requiring an insurable interest is to prevent the use of insurance as a form of gambling or as a method of profiting from destruction.

an interest that is recognized in law (as by legal title)

an interest lasting for the duration of a persons life that forecloses the ability to affect the property beyond that term

an interest (as a right) involving or arising out of the possession of property

Note:A possessory interest is based on control rather than use. Thus a lessee who occupies and controls the use of property has a possessory interest, while a party who has an easement does not.

the security interest held by the seller of collateral to secure payment of all or part of the price

the security interest of a person that gives value to a debtor so that the debtor may acquire rights in or the use of collateral

the interest of a party to a breached contract in being compensated for detriments suffered (as expenses incurred) in reliance on the agreement

an interest in property (as a possibility of reverter or a power of termination) remaining in the transferor of the property or in his or her successor in interest

an interest in property that exists by contract as security for payment or performance of an obligation

Note:While a lien may be created by statutory or judicial means without any agreement providing for security (as in the case of a tax lien or judgment lien), a security interest and lien may inhere in the same claim, as when a mortgage comprises both a lien on and security interest in the mortgaged property.

an interest in personal property or fixtures created by a security agreement that secures payment or performance of an obligation

in the inventory and accounts receivable of the business

called alsoArticle Nine security interest

Note:Security interests in personal property are governed by Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The security interest set out in Article 9 largely replaces the traditional devices for security, such as the pledge and chattel mortgage. A security interest in property that has attached enables a creditor to obtain satisfaction of a debt out of the property without the need to obtain a judgment in court and levy on the property. Further, it provides the creditor with priority over competing claims against the property.

an interest (as in a life estate) that will terminate upon the occurrence of an event or the passing of time

a present and certain right to the present or future enjoyment of property

the interest of a party that holds the right to oil, gas, or minerals on a property and that bears production costs

a specific concern or level of involvement (as financial involvement) especially that warrants recognition or causes bias

something that causes or warrants particular attention: as

a governmental interest (as in educating children or protecting the public) which is so important that it outweighs individual rights

the general welfare and rights of the public that are to be recognized, protected, and advanced

the attorney general has standing as a representative of the

a specific public benefit or stake in something

a right especially that arises from a constitution (as the U.S. Constitution)

such a right considered as an issue or claim created in or involving a particular situation or thing

in the absence of a proceeding in which he may present his case

an interest in freedom from governmental deprivation of liberty especially without due process

implicated by the needless discouragement of the exercise of the right to counsel

an interest in freedom from governmental intrusion into matters in which one has a reasonable expectation of privacy

protected by the federal Constitution in limiting public or government access to knowledge of our financial transactions

an interest in freedom from governmental deprivation of property and sources of financial gain (as employment or a government benefit) without due process

something (as a job or benefit) to which one has a legitimate claim of entitlement and that cannot be taken away without due process as distinguished from the unprotected object of a need, desire, or expectation

a charge for the use of anothers money that is usually a percentage of the money being used

interest computed on the sum of the original principal and accrued interest

a lawful interest rate and especially the highest rate allowed

interest that is deductible from adjusted gross income under federal tax law when it is paid on debt that is secured by ones residence and that was incurred for the acquisition, construction, improvement, or refinancing of the residence or through a home equity loan

interest computed on the principal of a loan or account

probably alteration of earlierinteresse, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, to be between, make a difference, concern, frominter-between, among +esseto be

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