invest

1 of 2

verb (1)

in·​vest in-ˈvest How to pronounce invest (audio)
invested; investing; invests

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
investable adjective
investor noun

invest

2 of 2

verb (2)

invested; investing; invests

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
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

Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The company aims to accelerate technological progress by helping companies invest their R&D resources more accurately. Jennifer Kite-Powell, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 It's been nearly one year since Robert Kraft announced his Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), and now the New England Patriots owner is reflecting on the work his foundation has done. Kraft, 82, initially invested $25 million into the multi-faceted campaign fighting antisemitism. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 And as this enthusiasm continues to grow stateside—and as other markets contract around tumultuous economic and geopolitical circumstances—brands are investing heavily in the United States. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 Just over 100 years later, venture capitalists invested over $5 billion in at least 11 different electric scooter companies. Barbara Bry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2024 Education and Awareness: Invest in public awareness campaigns, Invest, invest and INVEST!!! Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 The rational thing was to invest because the money was available and inexpensive. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Ranney, who is also an emergency physician, was involved in both the new research and the earlier study analyzing the federal dollars invested into the leading causes of death among children. Deidre McPhillips, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 One Korean battery manufacturer, SK On, has invested $2.6 billion in a factory in Georgia and is building new facilities in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky in partnership with Hyundai and Ford. Simon Romero, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of invest was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Invest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

invest

1 of 2 verb
in·​vest in-ˈvest How to pronounce invest (audio)
1
b
: to furnish with power or authority
2
: to cover completely
3
4
: to surround with troops or ships : besiege
5
: to supply with a quality or characteristic

invest

2 of 2 verb
1
: to lay out money so as to return a profit
invest in bonds and real estate
2
: to expend for future benefits or advantages
invest time and effort in a project
3
: to involve or engage especially emotionally
were deeply invested in their children's lives
investor noun

Medical Definition

invest

transitive verb
in·​vest in-ˈvest How to pronounce invest (audio)
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

Legal Definition

invest

1 of 2 transitive verb
in·​vest in-ˈvest How to pronounce invest (audio)
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

invest

2 of 2 verb

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
Etymology

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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