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.