Invest Definition

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To commit (money or capital) in order to gain a financial return.
Invested their savings in stocks and bonds.
American Heritage
To make a commitment to something or someone.
Volunteers who are invested in the charitable project.
Webster's New World
To spend or devote for future advantage or benefit.
Invested much time and energy in getting a good education.
American Heritage
To devote morally or psychologically, as to a purpose; commit.
American Heritage
To clothe; array; adorn.
Webster's New World
(meteorology) An unnamed tropical weather pattern "to investigate" for development into a significant (named) system.

Origin of Invest

  • From Italian investire and from French investir both from Latin investīre to clothe, surround in- in in–2 vestīre to clothe (from vestis clothes wes-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French investir, from Latin investio (“to clothe, cover”), from in- (“in, on”) + vestio (“to clothe, dress”), from vestis (“clothing”); see vest.

    From Wiktionary

  • From investigate, by shortening

    From Wiktionary

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