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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invest, put, commit, placeverb

    make an investment

    "Put money into bonds"

  2. endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, endueverb

    give qualities or abilities to

  3. invest, clothe, adornverb

    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

  4. invest, vest, enthroneverb

    provide with power and authority

    "They vested the council with special rights"

  5. induct, invest, seatverb

    place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position

    "there was a ceremony to induct the president of the Academy"


  1. Investverb

    Hence: To expend (time, money, or other resources) with a view to obtaining some benefit of value in excess of that expended, or to achieve a useful pupose; as, to invest a lot of time in teaching one's children.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Investverb

    Etymology: investir, Fr. investio, Latin.

    Their gesture sad,
    Invest in lank lean cheeks and war-worn coats,
    Presented them unto the gazing moon,
    So many horrid ghosts. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Thou with a mantle didst invest
    The rising world of waters. John Milton.

    Let thy eyes shine forth in their full lustre;
    Invest them with thy loveliest smiles, put on
    Thy choicest looks. John Denham, Sophy.

    When we sanctify or hallow churches, that which we do is only to testify that we make places of publick resort, that we invest God himself with them, and that we sever them from common uses. Richard Hooker.

    After the death of the other archbishop he was invested in that high dignity, and settled in his palace at Lambeth. Edward Hyde.

    The practice of all ages, and all countries, hath been to do honour to those who are invested with publick authority. Francis Atterbury.

    Honour must,
    Not accompanied, invest him only;
    But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
    On all deservers. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The foolish, over-careful fathers for this engross'd
    The canker'd heaps of strong atchieved gold;
    For this they have been thoughtful to invest
    Their sons with arts and martial exercises. William Shakespeare.

    Some great potentate,
    Or of the thrones above; such majesty
    Invests him coming. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    If there can be found such an inequality between man and man, as there is between man and beast, or between soul and body, it investeth a right of government. Francis Bacon.


  1. invest

    Investment is the dedication of money to purchase of an asset to attain an increase in value over a period of time. Investment requires a sacrifice of some present asset, such as time, money, or effort. In finance, the purpose of investing is to generate a return from the invested asset. The return may consist of a gain (profit) or a loss realized from the sale of a property or an investment, unrealized capital appreciation (or depreciation), or investment income such as dividends, interest, or rental income, or a combination of capital gain and income. The return may also include currency gains or losses due to changes in the foreign currency exchange rates. Investors generally expect higher returns from riskier investments. When a low-risk investment is made, the return is also generally low. Similarly, high risk comes with a chance of high losses. Investors, particularly novices, are often advised to diversify their portfolio. Diversification has the statistical effect of reducing overall risk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Investverb

    to put garments on; to clothe; to dress; to array; -- opposed to divest. Usually followed by with, sometimes by in; as, to invest one with a robe

  2. Investverb

    to put on

  3. Investverb

    to clothe, as with office or authority; to place in possession of rank, dignity, or estate; to endow; to adorn; to grace; to bedeck; as, to invest with honor or glory; to invest with an estate

  4. Investverb

    to surround, accompany, or attend

  5. Investverb

    to confer; to give

  6. Investverb

    to inclose; to surround of hem in with troops, so as to intercept succors of men and provisions and prevent escape; to lay siege to; as, to invest a town

  7. Investverb

    to lay out (money or capital) in business with the /iew of obtaining an income or profit; as, to invest money in bank stock

  8. Investverb

    to make an investment; as, to invest in stocks; -- usually followed by in

  9. Etymology: [L. investire, investitum; pref. in- in + vestire to clothe, fr. vestis clothing: cf. F. investir. See Vest.]


  1. Invest

    An invest in meteorology is a designated area of disturbed weather that is being monitored for tropical cyclone development. Invests are designated by three separate forecast centers: the National Hurricane Center, Central Pacific Hurricane Center and Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The designation of a system as an invest does not necessarily correspond to any particular likelihood of development of the system into a tropical cyclone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Invest

    in-vest′, v.t. to put vesture on, to dress: to confer or give: to place in office or authority: to adorn: to surround: to block up: to lay siege to: to place: as property in business: to lay out money on.—adj. Inves′titive.—ns. Inves′titure, in feudal and ecclesiastical history, the act of giving corporal possession of a manor, office, or benefice, accompanied by a certain ceremonial, such as the delivery of a branch, a banner, &c., to signify the authority which it is supposed to convey; Invest′ment, the act of investing: a blockade: the act of surrounding or besieging: laying out money on: any placing of money to secure income or profit: that in which anything is invested: (Shak.) clothing; Inves′tor, one who invests. [L. investīre, -ītumin, on, vestīre, to clothe.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. invest

    To invest a place is to seize upon all the avenues leading to a town or fortress. On the occasion of an investment, the hostile troops are distributed on the principal commands, to prevent any succor from being received by the garrison, and to keep the ground until the rest of the army, with the artillery, can arrive to form a regular siege. To invest a place is, in fact, to take preparatory measures for a blockade or close siege.

Editors Contribution

  1. invest

    To provide an investment.

    They did invest so much time and effort to achieve their goals.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'invest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3780

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    Rank popularity for the word 'invest' in Verbs Frequency: #506

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invest in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of invest in a Sentence

  1. Gustavo Marangoni:

    Companies invest in other countries to earn money, our idea is to find the right balance by sitting down and negotiating in a more cordial way to get to solutions by consensus.

  2. Francois Sonneville:

    If Mark Mobius invest in Africa, it will be a rocky ride between the possibility of economic and political instability, but if Mark Mobius look at the long-term potential, the rewards Mark Mobius can reap are very interesting and worthwhile.

  3. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck:

    Your success will depend on your enthusiasm and the time that you invest in learning.

  4. Kan Zhidong:

    With the favorable policies from the government and outstanding executive team of LeTV Sports, it is natural for us to invest in companies like LeTV Sports.

  5. Jim Wayne:

    There's a lot of money involved and people who want to get their hands on this money and invest it have an opportunity to make a boat load of money themselves, they may well have a vested interest in keeping the system the way it is right now.

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. relocation
    • B. cycling
    • C. purse
    • D. perusal

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