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curiosity

noun
     
cu‧ri‧os‧i‧ty plural curiosities
1 [singular, uncountable] the desire to know about somethingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
satisfy somebody's curiosity arouse somebody's curiosity (=make people want to know about something) out of curiosity (=because of curiosity) with curiosity natural curiosity intellectual/scientific curiosity idle curiosity (=wanting to know about something for no particular reason) be burning with curiosity (=want to know about something very much)
I opened the packet just to satisfy my curiosity.
The news aroused a lot of curiosity among local people.
She decided to follow him out of curiosity.
Margaret looked at him with curiosity.
curiosity about
Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them.
a man of immense intellectual curiosity
It was idle curiosity that made me ask.
2 [countable] someone or something that is interesting because they are unusual or strange:
a house full of old maps and other curiosities
In the past, men who wanted to work with children were regarded as something of a curiosity.
It's not worth much, but I kept it for its curiosity value.
3

curiosity killed the cat

used to tell someone not to ask too many questions about something

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