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interest

2 verb
     
interest2 [transitive]
1 to make someone want to pay attention to something and find out more about it:
Here's an article which might interest you.
What interests me is all the history of these places.
It may interest you to know that a number of scholarships are available.
2

interest yourself in something

formal to give something a lot of attention because you want to find out more about it:
He had always interested himself in foreign affairs.
3 to try to persuade someone to buy, do, or eat something
interest somebody in something
The salesman tried to interest me in the higher-priced model.
Could I interest you in a drink/dessert etc? (=used as a polite way of offering someone a drink etc)

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