re·​in·​vest | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈvest How to pronounce reinvest (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web And shareholders want companies to return excess profits in the form of dividends and buybacks, not reinvest them in increasing production. Matt Egan, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 The revenue generated could be used to reinvest in and reinvigorate the mall, said Len Becker, Skokie economic development specialist., 1 Feb. 2022 One other notable contrast: In three cases, the amount of money retained to reinvest back in the business — in research and development, new equipment and facilities, and higher compensation for employees — turned negative. Rick Wartzman, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 Experts agree that this moment is an ideal opportunity to reinvest in public health programs, which have been defunded over decades. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Utilizing this basic solution, for a very narrow problem, will give individuals the ability to generate income to reinvest in growth and refine the solution and product. Adam Rudman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Additionally, the extra profits allowed Dave to reinvest in his business to build more capacity, which eventually freed up more time for him. Robert Gauvreau, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 In a world that had been moving toward offshoring, the pandemic made many companies reconsider their supply chains and reinvest in domestic production. Sarah Keohane Williamson, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Investors ‘are selling properties in Mexico City to reinvest in other countries,’ local agents say, boosting inventory and tamping down prices. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reinvest

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transitive verb
re·​in·​vest | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈvest How to pronounce reinvest (audio) \

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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