invest

verb (1)
in·​vest | \in-ˈvest \
invested; investing; invests

Definition of invest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return

2 : to make use of for future benefits or advantages invested her time wisely

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

invest

verb (2)
invested; investing; invests

Definition of invest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

2 : to endow with a quality : infuse

3 : to cover completely : envelop

4 : clothe, adorn

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

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Other Words from invest

Verb (1)

investable \ in-​ˈve-​stə-​bəl \ adjective
investor \ in-​ˈve-​stər \ noun

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Google’s parent Alphabet also invests and owns two research and development organizations, Verily and Calico. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google hires a health care CEO to organize its fragmented health initiatives," 9 Nov. 2018 And that means invest heavily in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders Believes the 2018 Midterms Are a Chance for Young Voters to "Transform America"," 2 Nov. 2018 Attackers first must invest time in finding the vulnerabilities and developing highly complex code that exploits them. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bluetooth bugs bite millions of Wi-Fi APs from Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba," 1 Nov. 2018 The board also invested in a new visitor management system — one that has been developed by a lifelong Miami software engineer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 Over the next year, about $38 million will be invested to increase capacity from 11 to 16 soundstages spread over 500,000 square feet. Erik Heinrich, latimes.com, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 The biomedical agency is investing $10 million with Diassess, with the promise of more over five years if things work out. NBC News, "Feds pay two companies to develop at-home flu tests," 11 July 2018 Since then, the university has invested heavily in the facility, including opening a new 386,000-square-foot, eleven-floor hospital tower with 169 private patient rooms in 2016. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 Russia has invested heavily in undermining objective reality by relentlessly sowing doubts online about basic facts. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of invest

Verb (1)

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for invest

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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invest

verb

Financial Definition of invest

What It Is

Investing is the strategic purchase or sale of assets in order to produce income or capital gains.

How It Works

Investing can involve the purchase or sale of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, interest-bearing accounts, land, derivatives, real estate, artwork, old comic books, jewelry or anything else an investor believes will produce income (usually in the form of interest or rents) or become worth more.

Why It Matters

The safety of the principal is of concern in any investing activity, although some investors are more risk tolerant than others and are thus more willing to lose some of their principal in return for the chance of generating a higher profit. The investor's ability to tolerate risk and the incremental return associated with increasing amounts of risk are two primary factors that distinguish types of investing and help determine appropriate investments for a given investor.

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invest

verb
in·​vest | \in-ˈvest \
invested; investing

Kids Definition of invest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give power or authority to

invest

verb
invested; investing

Kids Definition of invest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

Other Words from invest

investor \ -​ˈves-​tər \ noun
in·​vest | \in-ˈvest \

Medical Definition of invest 

1 : to envelop or cover completely the pleura invests the lung

2 : to endow with a quality or characteristic the paranoid personality who invests the external world with his…ideas and feelingsStructure & Meaning of Psychoanalysis

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in·​vest | \in-ˈvest \

Legal Definition of invest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to install in an office or position

2a : to furnish with or formally grant power or authority

b : to grant someone control or authority over : vest

invest

verb

Legal Definition of invest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return

2 : to make use of for future benefits or advantages

intransitive verb

: to commit funds or purchase something of intrinsic value for future gain : make an investment often used with in

Other Words from invest

investor noun

History and Etymology for invest

Transitive verb

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

Verb

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

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