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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Verb (1)

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

Examples of invest in a Sentence

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Comcast Ventures, a unit of the company that invests into startups, put seed capital into Accolade after seeing Accolade’s results with Comcast employees, Spann said. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Accolade, with 500 employees in Plymouth Meeting, seeks to boldly cut health costs for big companies," 12 July 2018 Roush and Martin talked for several hours about the team's composition, how much would be invested, what the growth strategy was, and how resources would be allocated. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Legendary NASCAR team owner Jack Roush hoping to cross Kentucky Speedway off bucket list," 11 July 2018 This is not the first time the Millers have invested in a program at Marquette. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018 The Shea Moisture founder announced the Essence Fund, which will invest $20 million in capital in Black makers and creators. Essence.com, "ESSENCE’s Richelieu Dennis and Queen Latifah Announce Exciting New Partnership For Black Creators," 7 July 2018 The venture capital arm of his family office, Cohen Ventures, recently invested in Autonomous Partners, a crypto hedge fund. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 The second is a grand plan to invest in Central America and southern Mexico to tackle the underlying causes of migration, Mr. Fernández de Castro said. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 2018 In essence, responsibility is divided unevenly among the many people and groups invested in this building’s future. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Southgate's side have galvanised the national feeling towards the team, and got the nation invested in international football in a way that hasn't happened in a long time. SI.com, "Why England's World Cup Campaign Wasn't the Heroic Overachievment the Hype Would Have You Believe," 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

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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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

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