What does interest mean?

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  1. (uncountable, finance) The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed. [from earlier 16th c.]
  2. (uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. [from later 18th c.]
  3. (uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.
  4. (countable) An involvement, claim, right, share, stake in or link with a financial, business, or other undertaking or endeavor.
  5. (countable) Something one is interested in.
  6. (obsolete, rare) Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.
  7. (plural) The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively.
  1. To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing.
  2. (obsolete, often impersonal) To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite.
  3. (obsolete) To cause or permit to share.
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