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 cleaning up the neighborhood after the flood.
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.
- in·ves·tor, noun
- non·in·ves·tor, noun
- o·ver·in·vest, verb
- pre·in·vest, verb (used with object)
- re·in·vest, verb (used with object)
- un·der·in·vest, verb (used without object)
- un·der·in·vest·ed, adjective
- un·in·vest·ed, adjective
- well-in·vest·ed, adjective
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How to use invest in a sentence
They are creative, investing a lot, and are forward thinking.
But investing in the people of Brazil meant that there were less profits for international investors.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton | Heather Arnet | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And then all of these people came and started investing in it.
By investing a political faction with a religious dimension the Tea Party presents a challenge to both religion and democracy.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One | Jack Schwartz | July 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Goldman also indicated that it was investing in the offering.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat | Michael Daly | June 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If it is mine, as it really seems to be, there will be no harm in investing part of it in that way.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
While dissuading you from engaging in the speculation, she is visibly glad to see you investing your money in it.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
I am contemplating investing in Central Sonora when it is placed on the market.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
Better wait until you know what a plant is before investing in it.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
The English were investing the town of Terouana, in which there was almost a famine.With Spurs of Gold | Frances Nimmo Greene
British Dictionary definitions for invest
(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 garment: when spring invests the trees with leaves
(tr) rare to surround with military forces; besiege
(intr foll by in) informal to purchase; buy
- investable or investible, adjective
- investor, noun
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