[ in-ves-ti-cher, -choor ]
/ ɪnˈvɛs tɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /
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the act or process of investing.
the formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right, usually involving the giving of insignia or an official title.
the state of being invested, as with a garment, quality, or office.
something that covers or adorns.
Archaic. something that invests.



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Origin of investiture

1350–1400; Middle English <Medieval Latin investītūra, equivalent to investīt(us) (past participle of investīre to install; see invest) + -ūra-ure
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British Dictionary definitions for investiture

/ (ɪnˈvɛstɪtʃə) /


the act of presenting with a title or with the robes and insignia of an office or rank
(in feudal society) the formal bestowal of the possessory right to a fief or other benefice
a less common word for investment (def. 7)

Derived forms of investiture

investitive, adjective
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