re·in·vest | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈvest \
reinvested; reinvesting; reinvests

Definition of reinvest 

transitive verb

1 : to invest again or anew

2a : to invest (income from investments) in additional securities

b : to invest (earnings) in a business rather than distribute as dividends or profits

Examples of reinvest in a Sentence

Many investors reinvest their dividends. Before you reinvest, consider your options carefully. The company reinvests a portion of its profits in new products.
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City officials said the nonprofit will reinvest all revenues into the golf course. Holly Otterbein,, "Should the city rent out Philly's historic Cobbs Creek Golf Club for $0?," 13 June 2018 The Magpies saw one of their best players sold on for a quick profit - one that was not successfully reinvested into the squad., "Jamaal Lascelles Will Be Subject to Big Money Bids This Summer, But Newcastle Simply Cannot Sell Him," 7 June 2018 Spinoff The letter identifies several struggling aspects of the business that should be abandoned and reinvested for the benefit of shareholders. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "A Major Activist Investor Wants KitKat-Maker Nestle to Break Up. Here's What He Wants, and Why," 2 July 2018 The trouble is that buy-backs are dominated by firms that specialise in intellectual property, which would be unable to reinvest all their profits. The Economist, "Six muddles about share buy-backs," 31 May 2018 In his speech, the candidate vowed to end corruption, slash government salaries and reinvest in the working class. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "Front-runner in Mexican presidential race bashes Trump," 5 Apr. 2018 The Essence Fund for Makers and Creators is just another way Dennis is reinvesting in Black entrepreneurs and creatives., "ESSENCE’s Richelieu Dennis and Queen Latifah Announce Exciting New Partnership For Black Creators," 7 July 2018 Cohen, in turn, immediately reinvested his new $32 million in a 1031 exchange of his own — part of which involved Chaves. USA TODAY, "Cozy land deals meant big money for Trump family and friends," 7 June 2018 Driving railroads forward is an inherent need to reinvest in infrastructure as well healthy competitive pressures to continually improve safety, service and productivity. Carlton Schwab, star-telegram, "Texas freight rail lines are in good shape. Highways, not so much," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of reinvest

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reinvest

: to use (the profits of an investment) to buy more investments

: to use (money that a business has earned) to improve the business

: to spend money, time, energy, etc., to make improvements to something valuable


transitive verb
re·in·vest | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈvest \

Legal Definition of reinvest 

1 : to invest again or anew

2a : to invest (as income from investments) in additional securities

b : to invest (as earnings) in a business rather than distribute as dividends or profits

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