- 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
Related Words for investedprovide, devote, supply, spend, lend, adopt, establish, install, endue, advance, plunge, loan, stake, back, bankroll, sink, infuse, entrust, endow, imbue
Examples from the Web for invested
Contemporary Examples of invested
They have experimented with new products and have invested millions into aggressive marketing and promotion.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Another of the companies in which Alexander invested at the time also drew the attention of Chinese cyberspies.NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You
November 4, 2014
But they were not making enough profits, as the rate of growth had slowed as Brazil invested in the welfare of its own people.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
The question is, how invested are you in the characters who are left standing?‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form
September 30, 2014
It is a legitimately scary idea for people who are invested in things staying the way that they are.Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of invested
Seasickness takes away all the romance that poets have invested it with.
He didn't tell you how much it was, nor how it was invested?
The white man's prestige and privileges were invested in him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She hailed the happy thought and invested in countless yards of gauze.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Did Morris Barnes ever happen to mention to you in what direction his capital was invested?The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (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 for 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.