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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Money paid by the wholesalers — estimated at $89 million in 2023 and as much as $117 million in 2032 — would be used to invest in clean transportation initiatives. Russell Blair, courant.com, 11 June 2021 As part of its 2040 plan, the company has established the Burberry Regeneration Fund, which will be used to invest in programs that remove carbon from the atmosphere and fund climate projects that serve vulnerable frontline communities. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 June 2021 Officials from Las Vegas’ Southern Nevada Water Authority have offered to invest in a water recycling project in Southern California, which would enable the agency to use some of the Metropolitan Water District’s Colorado River water in exchange. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Officials from Las Vegas’ Southern Nevada Water Authority have offered to invest in a water recycling project in Southern California, which would enable the agency to use some of the Metropolitan Water District’s Colorado River water in exchange. Ian James, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 These types of special-purpose acquisition companies have grown in popularity during the last two years as investors have looked to invest in emerging technologies and fields. Dallas News, 10 June 2021 But Porter likely will seek a multiyear deal, and his asking price is bound to be more than what the Magic would want to invest in a veteran player amid a major rebuild. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 10 June 2021 Harris and the Biden administration have stressed that U.S. aid cannot tackle the problem alone and have sought to rally U.S. businesses to invest in Northern Triangle countries. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 In the lawsui against Coinseed, New York prosecutors said the company launched an initial coin offering — or an ICO — in 2017 that allowed investors to buy CSD, or Coinseed, tokens and use them to invest in cryptocurrencies through its app. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 9 June 2021

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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 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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