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In the following YouTube video, (4:35) entitled:
Master Craftsman, Nathie Katzoff | HUMAN, I heard

I didn't get into this out of an interest in capitalism. I got into it out of an interest in craft.

I searched "out of an interest" in the following dictionaries, but failed to find the meaning.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO)
  • Merriam-Webster (MW)
  • American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  • Cambridge Dictionaries Online (CDO)

What does the "I got into it out of an interest in craft." mean?

Is this replaceable with "I found an interest in craft."?

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    "out of interest" definition – Mari-Lou A Jun 29 '16 at 5:53
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    @sevenOfNine Do you understand what 'to get into [something]' means? If not - you can look it up in a dictionary too. Then "I got into it out of an interest in craft." will make perfect sense. – tum_ Jun 29 '16 at 6:09
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    I find it weird that ELL migrated this here, seems like the kind of question they tackle daily. But anyway: "I got into it": I developed an interest in or I got involved with; "out of": due to; "an interest in craft": a different and preexisting interest. Whatever this is, the author is involved, engaged, or interested in it, not because he cares about capitalism (which either you'd assume or he's being accused of), but because he's interested in craft. – Dan Bron Jun 29 '16 at 14:19
  • @DanBron It says it came from meta - not from ELL. – TrevorD Jun 29 '16 at 14:56
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    I remember "Out of curiosity". – sevenOfNine Jun 30 '16 at 2:10
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The sentence conveying that, the person already has interest in craft. So, he got into it.

Or we can consider it as as a matter of interest. Sounds, both found interest and Already has interest, so chosen it are correct.

  • Thank you very much. "out of interest" meaning "the person already has interest". Now I see. – sevenOfNine Jun 30 '16 at 0:25

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