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invest

play
verb in·vest \in-ˈvest\

Definition of invest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 [Medieval Latin investire, from Latin, to clothe] a :  to array in the symbols of office or honor b :  to furnish with power or authority c :  to grant someone control or authority over :  vest

  3. 2 :  to cover completely :  envelop

  4. 3 :  clothe, adorn

  5. 4 [Middle French investir, from Old Italian investire, from Latin, to surround] :  to surround with troops or ships so as to prevent escape or entry

  6. 5 :  to endow with a quality :  infuse



Origin and Etymology of invest

Latin investire to clothe, surround, from in- + vestis garment — more at wear


First Known Use: circa 1534


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invest

verb in·vest

Definition of invest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return

  3. 2 :  to make use of for future benefits or advantages <invested her time wisely>

  4. 3 :  to involve or engage especially emotionally <were deeply invested in their children's lives>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make an investment

investable

play \-ˈves-tə-bəl\ adjective

investor

play \-tər\ noun




INVEST Defined for Kids

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invest

play
verb in·vest \in-ˈvest\

Definition of invest for Students

invested

investing

  1. :  to give power or authority to




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invest

play
verb in·vest

Definition of invest for Students

invested

investing

  1. 1 :  to put out money in order to gain profit <She invested in a business.>

  2. 2 :  to put out (as effort) in support of a usually worthy cause <We invested time in the project.>

investor

\-ˈves-tər\ noun



Medical Dictionary

invest

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transitive verb in·vest \in-ˈvest\

Medical Definition of invest

  1. 1:  to envelop or cover completely <the pleura invests the lung>

  2. 2:  to endow with a quality or characteristic <the paranoid personality who invests the external world with his…ideas and feelings—Structure & Meaning of Psychoanalysis>




Law Dictionary

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invest

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transitive verb in·vest \in-ˈvest\

Legal Definition of invest

  1. 1 :  to install in an office or position

  2. 2a :  to furnish with or formally grant power or authority b :  to grant someone control or authority over :  vest



Origin and Etymology of invest

Medieval Latin investire, from Latin, to clothe, from in- in + vestis garment


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invest

verb in·vest

Legal Definition of invest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return

  3. 2 :  to make use of for future benefits or advantages

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to commit funds or purchase something of intrinsic value for future gain :  make an investment —often used with in

investor

noun


Origin and Etymology of invest

Italian investire to clothe, invest money, from Latin, to clothe



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