Synonyms of interest
1 importanceDictionary • Food was of no interest to her at all.
importance • Safety is of paramount importance.
significance • ideas about the social significance of religion
moment • I was glad I had nothing of great moment to do that afternoon.
weight • That argument no longer carries much weight.
import (formal) • Such arguments are of little import.
consequence • This question is of little consequence.
substance • It is questionable whether anything of substance has been achieved.
2 attentionDictionary • They will follow the political crisis with interest.
attention • Let me draw your attention to some important issues.
curiosity • Mr Lim was a constant source of curiosity to his neighbours.
notice • Nothing that went on in the hospital escaped her notice.
heed • He pays too much heed these days to my nephew Tom.
3 hobbyDictionary • He developed a wide range of sporting interests. often plural
hobby • My hobbies are letter-writing, football, music, photography, and tennis.
activity • Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
pursuit • They both love outdoor pursuits.
entertainment • I play the piano purely for my own entertainment.
relaxation • You should be able to find the odd moment for relaxation.
recreation • She cites one of her recreations as `picking up litter'.
amusement • People had very few amusements to choose from in those days.
diversion • Finger-painting is an excellent diversion.
pastime • His favourite pastime is golf.
4 advantageDictionary • Did the Directors act in the best interests of their club? often plural
advantage • A good crowd will be a definite advantage to the team.
good • I'm only doing all this for your own good.
benefit • I'm a great believer in the benefits of this form of therapy.
profit • They saw little profit in risking their lives to capture the militants.
gain • He buys art solely for financial gain.
5 businessDictionary • The family controls large dairy interests. often plural
business • My sex life is my own business.
concern • The technical aspects are not my concern.
matter • It was a private matter.
affair • If you want to make a fool of yourself, that is your affair.
6 stakeDictionary • The West has an interest in promoting democratic forces.
stake • a stake in the plot
investment • an investment of £28 million
7 returnsDictionary • Does your current account pay interest?
1 arouse your curiosity • This part of the book interests me in particular.
arouse your curiosity
engage • He tried to engage me in conversation.
fascinate • She fascinated him, on and off stage.
attract • Summer attracts visitors to the countryside.
grip • The whole nation was gripped by the dramatic story.
entertain • He entertained us with anecdotes about his job.
absorb • a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had
intrigue • The novelty of the situation intrigued him.
amuse • Put a selection of toys in his cot to amuse him if he wakes early.
captivate • I was captivated by her sparkling personality.
catch your eye
hold the attention of
engross • There's something about them which engrosses the public.
PHRASE:▷ in the interest(s) of
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absorbIf something absorbs you, it interests you a great deal and takes up all your attention and energy.
• a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had
• Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
advantageAn advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
• A good crowd will be a definite advantage to the team.
Thesaurus for interest from the Collins English Thesaurus
the sense of curiosity about or concern with something or someone