- to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
- to use (money), as in accumulating something: to invest large sums in books.
- to use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something: He invested a lot of time in helping retarded children.
- to furnish with power, authority, rank, etc.: The Constitution invests the president with the power of veto.
- to furnish or endow with a power, right, etc.; vest: Feudalism invested the lords with absolute authority over their vassals.
- to endow with a quality or characteristic: to invest a friend with every virtue.
- to infuse or belong to, as a quality or characteristic: Goodness invests his every action.
- Metallurgy. to surround (a pattern) with an investment.
- to provide with the insignia of office.
- to install in an office or position.
- to clothe, attire, or dress.
- to cover, adorn, or envelop: Spring invests the trees with leaves.
- to surround (a place) with military forces or works so as to prevent approach or escape; besiege.
- to invest money; make an investment: to invest in oil stock.
Origin of invest
Examples from the Web for investor
No Labels co-founder and Daily Beast columnist Mark McKinnon is also an investor.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
And how investor confidence would fall drastically each time Rousseff rose in the polls.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
Republican fealty to the interests of the investor class has been long-standing.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
June 28, 2014
The primary Hudson investor, Morgan Stanley, pressed Goldman to sell.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
According to the charges, less than 10 percent of investor funds were to be spent on the production of The Smuggler.How Four Men Conned People Into Investing in a Jean-Claude Van Damme-Starring WWII Epic
February 21, 2014
The sum was already infringed upon, had the investor known it.A Black Adonis
Linn Boyd Porter
We must take a look at an investor in order to understand that fully.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
As things are at present, there is little enough to interest the capitalist or the investor.Porto Rico
Arthur D. Hall
Only so can the investor take advantage of its appreciation in value.
It is very important for the investor to find out which is the case.
- (often foll by in) to lay out (money or capital in an enterprise, esp by purchasing shares) with the expectation of profit
- (tr often foll by in) to devote (effort, resources, etc, to a project)
- (tr; often foll by in or with) mainly archaic to clothe or adorn (in some garment, esp the robes of an office)to invest a king in the insignia of an emperor
- (tr often foll by in) to install formally or ceremoniously (in an official position, rank, etc)
- (tr; foll by in or with) to place (power, authority, etc, in) or provide (with power or authority)to invest new rights in the monarchy
- (tr; usually passive; foll by in or with) to provide or endow (a person with qualities, characteristics, etc)he was invested with great common sense
- (tr foll by with) usually poetic to cover or adorn, as if with a coat or garmentwhen spring invests the trees with leaves
- (tr) rare to surround with military forces; besiege
- (intr foll by in) informal to purchase; buy
Word Origin and History for investor
1580s, "one who clothes;" 1862, "one who invests money," agent noun from invest.
late 14c., "to clothe in the official robes of an office," from Latin investire "to clothe in, cover, surround," from in "in, into" (see in- (2)) + vestire "to dress, clothe" (see wear). The meaning "use money to produce profit" first attested 1610s in connection with the East Indies trade, and is probably a borrowing of Italian investire (13c.) from the same Latin root, via the notion of giving one's capital a new form. The military meaning "to besiege" is from c.1600. Related: Invested; investing.