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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Other Words from invest

Verb (1)

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

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That is where Chevron Technology Ventures comes into play—a corporate venture fund that has invested $325 million in about 80 startups over two decades. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Chevron CIO Says Technology Triggers Faster Human Decisions," 29 Jan. 2019 She's also invested in several successful start-ups, including the now $75 million company Juice Press, and popular women's group the Wing. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 To save even more, invest in a large family car with fold-flat seat backs like the Ford EcoSport. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 Fortune found many tech firms investing billions in construction tech firms, including Oracle, which purchased Aconex for $1.2 billion in February, and Trimble, which bought Viewpoint for $1.2 billion in April. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can artificial intelligence change construction?," 12 Oct. 2018 Over the past few years, almost $100 million has been invested in the wider Dundee waterfront area, the third-largest regeneration project in the U.K.; the waterfront had the most potential, but was long overlooked. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the New V&A Museum Is Changing an Entire Scottish City," 14 Sep. 2018 Fifteen percent of the proceeds from Nordstrom’s sales of Essentials will benefit Vital Voices, a nonprofit that invests in women leaders around the world. Alexis Brunswick, Vogue, "Co’s Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern Launch an Essentials Line," 30 Aug. 2018 And yet, planning for your future by investing your money shouldn't be put off. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "A Beginner's Guide to Investing," 2 Jan. 2019 Just as Trump was able to supply gossip to Pecker, Trump might have been able to provide interesting tidbits on Russian oligarchs outside of Russia, particularly given their affinity for investing in Trump properties. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 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

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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

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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