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
4 : clothe, adorn
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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Verb (1)

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

Synonyms for invest

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of invest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fully electric truck is part of GM's plans to invest $35 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles over the next three years. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 5 Jan. 2022 However, this might be a good opportunity to invest in the sector. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The deal came after Google made a pledge to President Biden last August to invest $10 billion in cybersecurity over the next five years, amid a significant rise in cyber attacks and data breaches. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 On top of that, computer technology company Oracle announced plans to invest about $1.4 billion in a large campus in Tennessee’s capital, a move that will expand the downtown area and bring another wave of change to East Nashville. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Speaking of General Motors, the company this fall announced plans to invest more than $46 million at its Parma Metal Center. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2021 Nissan disclosed plans to invest about $18 billion over the next five years, with a goal of making half of its vehicles electric by 2030. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 In June 2020, amid racial-equality protests across America, Netflix announced plans to invest capital in Black banks to help address racial wealth inequality. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Dec. 2021 In 2018 the company announced plans to invest up to $100 million in its Axis plant, which at the time employed about 600 people. al, 29 Nov. 2021

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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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“Invest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invest. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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

invest

transitive verb
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

invest

transitive verb
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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