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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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 Pharmaceutical companies then invest in production, ramping up from thousands of doses to millions. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 Private workplace pensions still aren’t widespread, households can’t easily invest abroad, and ironically for an ostensibly communist country, social-security programs offer little protection. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Empire of Concrete," 28 Dec. 2020 After a year of surging homelessness, Ramsey County will invest nearly $9 million in affordable housing next year in an effort to stanch the flow of people who find themselves on the doorstep of shelters or sleeping outside in tents. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Ramsey County to invest $9 million in affordable housing in 2021," 27 Dec. 2020 Looking forward, the AI community should invest more in developing energy-efficient training schemes. Kate Saenko, Quartz, "Why have AI models become so power hungry?," 24 Dec. 2020 To achieve a near-custom fit, invest in a kids’ desk and chair set with adjustable features. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best kids’ desk and chair set," 23 Dec. 2020 The company will invest more than $100 million to expand the production facility, making room for a new line to produce Hot Pockets sandwiches, according to a news release issued by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Nestle to expand Jonesboro facility, hire 100 new employees," 23 Dec. 2020 American companies should invest in infrastructure and energy projects in the region so as to limit Russia’s room for maneuver. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, National Review, "Russia’s New Territory," 23 Dec. 2020 Duchscher, who has also worked with the YouTube standout Dude Perfect, is pushing Donaldson to invest his money in areas beyond YouTube, preparing for a life after streaming. Mark Bergen, Bloomberg.com, "The North Carolina Kid Who Cracked YouTube’s Secret Code," 22 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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
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
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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