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invest

verb in·vest \ in-ˈvest \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of invest

transitive verb
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[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 cover completely :envelop
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[Middle French investir, from Old Italian investire, from Latin, to surround]
:to surround with troops or ships so as to prevent escape or entry
5 :to endow with a quality :infuse

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Origin and Etymology of invest

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


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invest

verb

Definition of invest

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
intransitive verb
:to make an investment

investable

play \in-ˈve-stə-bəl\ adjective

investor

play \in-ˈve-stər\ noun

Recent Examples of invest from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of invest

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


Financial Definition of INVEST

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.



INVEST Defined for Kids

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invest

verb in·vest \ in-ˈvest \

Definition of invest for Students

invested; investing
:to give power or authority to

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invest

verb

Definition of invest for Students

invested; investing
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.

investor

\-ˈves-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

invest

transitive verb 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 feelings
  • Structure & Meaning of Psychoanalysis

Law Dictionary

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invest

transitive verb in·vest \ in-ˈvest \

legal Definition of invest

1 :to install in an office or position
2 a :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

legal Definition of invest

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

investor

noun

Origin and Etymology of invest

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



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