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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Snyder said more than a quarter of the money —$93 million — should be reinvested in the per-student foundation grant that goes to all K-12 districts and charter schools statewide. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "K-12 boost contingent on cutting cyber schools, shared time," 17 Feb. 2018 Holding out for £5m more from the £40m offered by Everton meant that Gylfi's money couldn't be reinvested wisely; the Iceland international not leaving the club until very late in the transfer window., "No Swanning Around: Why Playing Hardball Could Come Back to Haunt Swansea This Summer," 23 June 2018 Using up scraps is another side of the issue: A penny saved is a penny earned, and a penny earned is a penny that can be reinvested in a city that outsiders have repeatedly left for dead. New York Times, "Farm-to-Table in the Shadow of Downtown Detroit," 29 May 2018 Eradicating these impediments could save more than $100 billion, which could be reinvested in nationally significant projects. Michael Sargent, Fortune, "Commentary: The Only Way Trump Can Improve U.S. Infrastructure," 31 Jan. 2018 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

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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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