(Latin: between; among, mutually, together; on the inside, internal)
Although abstracted from the many compounds in which it entered English, the form inter- was not generally considered a living prefix in English until the 1400s.
During the later period of Middle English many words borrowed in the Old and Middle French forms entre-, enter- began to be consciously respelled with Latin inter-; although vestiges of the older French borrowings are found in entertain and enterprise.
The living prefix inter- is now freely added to almost any element in English to create such formations with the meaning of "between" and "among". The words formed by intra- are closely related to this inter- prefix; in fact, they both apparently came from the same Latin source.
2. The interruption of supply operations by aerial bombing: "As a result of the bombing by enemy forces, there was an interdiction of supplies to the city and the residents were slowly starving.
2. Pertaining to, or noting, a prohibition: "The king gave a very interdictory speech explaining why he was no longer allowing the export of grain to a specific country."
2. To interweave.
2. Occurring between the digits.
2. An interlocking of parts by fingerlike processes.
2. A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something: "An interest in music."
3. A social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims: "The iron interests stepped up production."
4. A right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something: "They have interests all over the world."
5. A fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed: "How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
6. A diversion that occupies a person's time and thoughts; usually pleasantly: "He counts reading among his main interests."
7. A reason for wanting something done: "In the interest of safety."
8. Etymology: "legal claim or right; concern; benefit, advantage"; earlier interesse (late 14th century), from Anglo-French interesse, "what one has a legal concern in", from Middle Latin interesse, "compensation for loss", from Latin interresse, "to concern, to make a difference, to be of importance"; literally, "to be between", from inter-, "between" + esse. "to be".
The form was influenced in the 15th century by Old French interest, "damage"; from Latin interest, "it is of importance, it makes a difference", the third person singular present tense of interresse.
The financial sense of "money paid for the use of money lent" (1520's) earlier was distinguished from usury (illegal under Church law) by being a reference to "compensation that is due from a defaulting debtor".
"It interested him to know that she once lived in Paris, France, too."2. To persuade a person to have, to take, or to participate in something: "The salesman tried to interest her in a more expensive computer."
"The story in the book was interesting the children more and more as the father read to them."
"This culture has an interesting history and so these sutdents want to learn more about it."