- An example of invest is to put time into building a relationship.
- An example of invest is to buy stocks, buying them at a low price to sell later at a higher price.
- An example of invest is to start a new business, spending time now to generate income later.
- to clothe; array; adorn
- to cover, surround, or envelop like, or as if with, a garment: fog invests the city
- to endow with qualities, attributes, etc.
- to install in office with ceremony
- to furnish with power, privilege, or authority
- Rare to vest or settle (a power or right) in a person, legislative body, etc.
- to put (money) into business, real estate, stocks, bonds, etc. for the purpose of obtaining an income or profit
- to spend (time, effort, etc.) with the expectation of some satisfaction
- Mil. to hem in or besiege (a town, port, enemy, etc.)
Origin of investClassical Latin investire from in-, in + vestire, to clothe from vestis, clothing: see vest
- to invest money; make an investment
- to make a commitment to something or someone: with in: usually in the pp.: volunteers who are invested in the charitable project
verbin·vest·ed, in·vest·ing, in·vests
- To commit (money or capital) in order to gain a financial return: invested their savings in stocks and bonds.
- a. To spend or devote for future advantage or benefit: invested much time and energy in getting a good education.b. To devote morally or psychologically, as to a purpose; commit: “Men of our generation are invested in what they do, women in what we are” ( Shana Alexander )
- To endow with authority or power: The Constitution invests Congress with the power to make laws.
- To install in office with ceremony: invest a new emperor.
- To provide with an enveloping or pervasive quality: “A charm invests a face / Imperfectly beheld” ( Emily Dickinson )
- Archaic a. To clothe; adorn.b. To cover completely; envelop.c. To surround with troops or ships; besiege.
- To make investments or an investment: invest in real estate.
- To purchase with the expectation of benefit: We decided to invest in a new car.
Origin of investFrom Italian investire and from French investir both from Latin investīre to clothe, surround in- in ; see in- 2. vestīre to clothe ( from vestis clothes ; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots.)
- in·vest′a·ble in·vest′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present invests, present participle investing, simple past and past participle invested)
- (dated) To clothe or wrap (with garments).
- To envelop, wrap, cover.
- To commit money or capital in the hope of financial gain.
- To spend money, time, or energy into something, especially for some benefit or purpose.
- We'd like to thank all the contributors who have invested countless hours into this event.
- To ceremonially install someone in some office.
- To formally give (someone) some power or authority.
- To formally give (power or authority).
- To surround, accompany, or attend.
- To lay siege to.
- to invest a town
- (intransitive) To make investments.
- (metallurgy) To prepare for lost wax casting by creating an investment mold (a mixture of a silica sand and plaster).
- (meteorology) An unnamed tropical weather pattern "to investigate" for development into a significant (named) system.
From investigate, by shortening
invest - Legal Definition
- To grant authority.
- To place money in an income-producing opportunity.