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
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 How to pronounce investable (audio) \ adjective
investor \ in-​ˈve-​stər How to pronounce investor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for invest

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the court system did not fully invest in the programs for treatment and rehabilitation, according to Doug Smith, a senior policy analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. Washington Post, "Communities and companies made money off George Floyd’s imprisonment. Inside, Floyd withered.," 19 Oct. 2020 Georgia will invest in a reinsurance program, starting in January 2023, that Kemp said also would reduce marketplace premiums, for those who qualify, by an average of 10%. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Federal government approves Georgia's alternative to full Medicaid expansion," 16 Oct. 2020 Federal lawmakers must invest in a high-quality childcare system that addresses availability, cost, quality and equity to aid the nation’s COVID-19 recovery and support long-term economic resiliency. NBC News, "What it will take for women to survive — and thrive — during this 'shecession'," 16 Oct. 2020 While her recent checks have focused on consumer businesses, the investor will also invest in areas including the future of work and fintech. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, elevates its first Black female investing partner," 14 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, Wangard Partners plans to invest in communities outside Wisconsin which emulate the Madison area's strong job growth — particularly in the tech sector, Wangard said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area development firm Wangard Partners announces new president and new board of directors," 14 Oct. 2020 As long as that land is making money from alligator hunters and farmers, property owners will invest in habitat protection, according to Wildlife and Fisheries officials. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "California's alligator products ban, challenged by Louisiana, is struck down in federal court," 14 Oct. 2020 The government, federal or state, could invest in efforts to do exactly that. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 Novo Holdings will also invest 50 million euros to subscribe to 2.3 million shares in the company at the same price, taking its stake to about 11%. Farah Elbahrawy, Bloomberg.com, "Abu Dhabi Wealth Fund Mubadala Expanding With Investment in Germany’s Evotec," 13 Oct. 2020

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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 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for invest

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
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
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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