Meaning of INTERESTING in English
in ‧ terest ‧ ing S1 W2 /ˈɪntrəstɪŋ, ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ interestingly , ↑ disinterestedly ; adjective : ↑ interested ≠ ↑ disinterested ≠ ↑ uninterested , ↑ interesting ≠ UNINTERESTING ; verb : ↑ interest ; noun : ↑ interest ≠ ↑ disinterest ]
if something is interesting, you give it your attention because it seems unusual or exciting or provides information that you did not know about OPP uninteresting , boring :
That’s an interesting question.
a really interesting TV programme
find something interesting
I found his talk very interesting.
Did you meet any interesting people?
it is interesting to see/know etc
It will be interesting to see what happens when he gets a bit older.
It’s interesting that no one remembers seeing the car.
HINT : ► Do not confuse interested , which describes a feeling, and interesting , which describes something that interests you : Are you interested in ballet? | an interesting talk on photography
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▪ interesting keeping your attention and making you want to know more:
There’s an interesting article in the newspaper today.
The lecture was really interesting.
▪ fascinating very interesting:
a fascinating subject
Everything about ancient Egypt is absolutely fascinating.
▪ stimulating giving you new ideas or experiences in a way that is interesting and enjoyable:
a stimulating conversation
I found him very stimulating to be with and full of ideas.
▪ intriguing interesting because of being unusual, mysterious, or unexpected, so that you want to find out more:
Their research has produced some intriguing results.
These discoveries raise intriguing questions about the relationship between viral genes and the normal genes of the cell.
▪ absorbing/engrossing interesting in a way that keeps your attention completely or for a long time:
Growing your own vegetables can be an absorbing hobby.
her engrossing first novel
▪ gripping/riveting/compelling used about a very interesting story, film etc that you feel you must keep reading or watching:
a gripping story of love and death
He gives a riveting performance as a tough street cop.
There is something compelling about his work.
▪ enthralling /ɪnˈθrɔːlɪŋ $ -ˈθrɒːl-/ very interesting and exciting – used especially about a performance you are watching or listening to:
Pakistan won an enthralling match by two wickets.
▪ spellbinding very interesting because of being so strange, unusual, or wonderful:
The book is a spellbinding tale of her life in China.
▪ I couldn’t put it down spoken used when saying that a book was so interesting that you could not stop reading it:
It’s a great book – I found that I couldn’t put it down.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012