interest in (someone or something)
1. To be intrigued by or curious about something. Haley's just never been interested in the Harry Potter books, so she's never read them.
2. To want something. No thanks, I'm not interested in anything to drink right now.
3. To have romantic feelings for someone. A: "Is Drew really interested in me?" B: "Yes! I think he's going to ask you out soon!"
4. To cause someone to be intrigued by or curious about something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "interest" and "in." I can't seem to interest Haley in the Harry Potter books, no matter how hard I try.
5. To cause someone to want something, often something for purchase. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "interest" and "in." Ma'am, can I interest you in our finest bed linens? Now that you're here, can I interest you in some lemonade?
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interest someone in someone or something
to arouse the interest of someone in someone or something. Yes, lean recommend someone for you to hire. Could I interest you in Tom? He's one of our best workers. Can I interest you in checking out a book from the library?
interest someone in something
to cause someone to wish to purchase something. Could I interest you in something with a little more style to it? Can I interest you in some additional insurance on your life?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To arouse in someone a curiosity about, or a desire for, doing or acquiring something: The clerk interested the customer in a new refrigerator. I am interested in French literature.
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