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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So first is accumulating another 10 billion in offshore cash, like what are ways to reinvest that back into the community? Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 2018 Our hope is to reinvest in a more enjoyable and caring flight experience for you and all of our customers. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United Will Now Charge You $30 for a Checked Bag," 4 Sep. 2018 Congress has enacted a potent tax incentive for investors to reinvest investment gains designed to provide capital to businesses in distressed communities. Anchorage Daily News, "Opportunity zones in Alaska could be a game changer for Alaska, but the time is short to act," 15 Mar. 2018 But how much profit a company will earn—and sensibly reinvest or pay out as dividends—is a wild guess. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Can Be Good for the Economy," 24 Dec. 2018 The legislation would sharply reduce the huge financial incentives that entice CEOs to flush cash out to shareholders rather than reinvest in businesses. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 That’s true whether the investor pockets the distribution or reinvests it back into the fund. Tom Herman, WSJ, "Mutual-Fund Investors, Beware: There’s a Tax Trap Waiting for You," 21 Oct. 2018 McGill said the state spends a lot on medication but would like to lower those prices to reinvest in outreach in order to help eliminate the disease. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Inslee: Erase hepatitis C in Washington by 2030," 28 Sep. 2018 This was made possible through the city's U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery award, in order to reinvest funds for these new initiatives. William Thornton,, "'Innovate Tuscaloosa' encourages growth in tornado recovery areas," 2 Mar. 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
US : 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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