curiosity

cu|ri|os|i|ty [ˌkjuəriˈɔsıti US ˌkjuriˈa:s-] n plural curiosities
1.) [singular, U]
the desire to know about something
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.)
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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COLLOCATES for sense 1
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)
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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