[ in-vest ]
/ ɪnˈvɛst /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to invest money; make an investment: to invest in oil stock.
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Origin of invest
1525–35; in-2 + vestīre to clothe, derivative of vestis garment; see vest
OTHER WORDS FROM invest
in·ves·tor, nounnon·in·ves·tor, nouno·ver·in·vest, verbpre·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, adjectiveun·in·vest·ed, adjectivewell-in·vest·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for investor
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And how investor confidence would fall drastically each time Rousseff rose in the polls.
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Republican fealty to the interests of the investor class has been long-standing.
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The primary Hudson investor, Morgan Stanley, pressed Goldman to sell.
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According to the charges, less than 10 percent of investor funds were to be spent on the production of The Smuggler.
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Many of these bucket shops fail for lack of money, while others “fail” in order that they may keep the money of the investor.
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The report further provided that the investor should be allowed a second choice if he found his land to be unsatisfactory.
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The viewpoint of the average American investor is as yet rather a narrow one.
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Roosevelt, meanwhile, was proving himself as capable as a ranchman as he was courageous as an investor.
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Final decision as to the measure of their success rests with the investor; and he has decided and made his decision evident.
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British Dictionary definitions for investor
/ (ɪnˈvɛst) /
(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
Derived forms of invest
investable or investible, adjectiveinvestor, noun
Word Origin for invest
C16: from Medieval Latin investīre to clothe, from Latin, from vestīre, from vestis a garment
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