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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Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others deposit their crypto into yield-earning accounts with firms that then invest those digital assets or lend them out to others for a fee. Pia Singh, WSJ, 30 July 2022 After a yearlong debate, Democrats and Republicans in Congress passed legislation this past week to invest $280 billion in areas like semiconductor manufacturing and scientific research to bolster competition with China. Michael D. Shear, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 How much those tax abatements are worth has yet to be determined, Lee Lawson, President of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, said, because the exact amount that Novelis will invest has not been finalized. Margaret Kates | Mkates@al.com, al, 29 July 2022 Starting in 2019, Oregon’s Student Success Act planned to invest $2 billion in K-12 education every two years. Hannah Grossman, Fox News, 29 July 2022 This will leave leading chipmakers such as Intel, a company that has made numerous missteps in recent years, with critical decisions to make around which technologies to invest in. Wired, 29 July 2022 Since every communities has unique needs and concepts, the program has a mission to invest in parks and facilities that are designed by communities themselves. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2022 The Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, commonly referred to as a green bank, would leverage public and private funds to invest in clean-energy technologies and infrastructure. Jeff Stein, Maxine Joselow And Rachel Roubein, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 AntPool pledged to invest $10 million on Tuesday to support further development of Ethereum Classic, which is now run independently. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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“Invest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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