If you're interested in something, you like it and want to know more. If you're snoring through a movie, you're probably not that interested in it.

If you're interested in something, it has your attention. Some people are interested in sports; others are interested in books. If you like something and want to learn more about it, or just enjoy thinking about it, then you're interested. People can also be interested in things they have a stake in: we would say both the workers and employers are "interested parties" in a labor dispute, for example.

Definitions of interested
  1. adjective
    having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern
    “an interested audience”
    interested in sports”
    “was interested to hear about her family”
    interested in knowing who was on the telephone”
    interested spectators”
    having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more
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    not having or showing interest
    apathetic, indifferent
    marked by a lack of interest
    blase, bored
    uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence
    showing indifference or disregard
    benumbed, dulled
    having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure
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  2. adjective
    involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in
    “the interested parties met to discuss the business”
    synonyms: concerned
    connected by participation or association or use
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