v. in·vest·ed, in·vest·ing, in·vests
1. 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).
3. To endow with authority or power: The Constitution invests Congress with the power to make laws.
4. To install in office with ceremony: invest a new emperor.
5. To provide with an enveloping or pervasive quality: "A charm invests a face / Imperfectly beheld" (Emily Dickinson).
a. To clothe; adorn.
b. To cover completely; envelop.
c. To surround with troops or ships; besiege.
1. To make investments or an investment: invest in real estate.
2. To purchase with the expectation of benefit: We decided to invest in a new car.
[From 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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
in·vesta·ble, in·vesti·ble adj.
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