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

adj 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
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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adj involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in

“the interested parties met to discuss the business”
connected by participation or association or use

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