invest

verb (1)
in·​vest | \ in-ˈvest How to pronounce invest (audio) \
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
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 How to pronounce investable (audio) \ adjective
investor \ in-​ˈve-​stər How to pronounce investor (audio) \ noun

Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As The Crown accurately depicts, Prince Charles spent a semester at Wales’s Aberystwyth University in 1969 to learn about the country’s language and culture before being invested as its prince. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Crown Season 3: The True Story of Prince Charles’s Younger Years," 7 Dec. 2019 Foxconn’s stated plans to build a flat-screen plant in Racine County, invest $10 billion and create 13,000 Wisconsin jobs were a key topic between Gou and Trump. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn's Terry Gou visits Milwaukee after Trump tells him to 'bring more jobs to Wisconsin'," 7 Dec. 2019 And there is always the question of whether renters could do better by investing that hefty downpayment and any monthly savings generated from renting into another asset. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Renting remains a cheaper option than buying along Colorado’s Front Range, study finds," 6 Dec. 2019 Valentine’s research had received a $2.5 million grant from a chemical company, which had also invested in his startup company, potentially creating an incentive to skew the research results. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Medical Professors are Supposed to Share Their Outside Income With the University of California. But Many Don’t.," 6 Dec. 2019 In 1990, Karklin founded CDK Enterprises Investment Holdings, which invests in and offers services to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and serves as its president. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon’s Steve Karklin excited about new role as board chair of Great Lakes Science Center," 6 Dec. 2019 Throughout his tenure in MLS, Pareja was noted as a manager who was capable of investing long-term in clubs, bringing an acumen for development from the youth side up to the senior levels. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City names Óscar Pareja new head coach," 6 Dec. 2019 While some of the money would be distributed to meet immediate needs in the battle against opioids, most would be invested so the fund could grow and meet future needs as well. Darrel Rowland, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio voters could decide constitutional amendment to split up opioid lawsuit cash," 5 Dec. 2019 And while many note that his Elevation Partners made a killing by investing in Facebook, few remember that the investment also saved a struggling fund. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Does Tech Deserve to Be Demonized? Of Course It Does.," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of invest

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1696, 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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The first known use of invest was in the 15th century

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“Invest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce invest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce invest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce invest (audio) \

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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