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
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

Other Words from invest

Verb (1)

investable \ in-​ˈve-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce invest (audio) \ adjective
investor \ in-​ˈve-​stər How to pronounce invest (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for invest

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Venture capital funding has been a common way for investors to invest in non-traditional ways. Russ Zalatimo, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Commissioner Durryle Brooks voted against the measure, citing that the budget should invest more in mental health supports for students. Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Lordstown said Foxconn would invest $100 million in the joint venture, including a $45 million loan to Lordstown. Yang Jie, WSJ, 12 May 2022 To combat the overdose deaths, Friedman said the U.S. should invest in harm reduction and treatment programs for people with substance abuse disorders. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 11 May 2022 Investors can have up to 20 percent of their total 401(k) account value in a digital assets account although employers could reduce the percentage workers could invest in bitcoin. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 For Orange Beach, the split allows the city to invest in its own school and educational system. al, 5 May 2022 The accounts would potentially enable millions of investors to invest in crypto without needing to involve themselves with any digital asset exchange. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 5 May 2022 The company also said each customer will invest through a Digital Assets Account, which will be held on Fidelity’s custody platform to ensure institutional-grade security for the assets. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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“Invest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for invest

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

invest

transitive verb
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

invest

transitive verb
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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