Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: investire 'to dress, invest', from Latin, 'to dress', from vestis 'piece of clothing'


in‧vest W3
1 [intransitive and transitive]BF to buy shares, property, or goods because you hope that the value will increase and you can make a profit:
I've got a few thousand dollars I'm looking to invest.
invest (something) in something
Oliver made a fortune by investing in antique furniture.
Williams invested a large sum of money in Swiss stocks.
He had invested heavily (=invested a lot of money) in the bond market.
2 [intransitive and transitive] if a government, business, or organization invests in something, they spend a large amount of money to improve it or help it succeed
invest (something) in something
The city has invested millions of dollars in the museum.
The factory plans to invest in new computers.
3 [transitive] to use a lot of time, effort etc or spend money in order to make something succeed
invest something in something
It was very difficult to leave a home we had invested so much in.

invest (something) in something

phrasal verb
to buy something or spend money or time on something, because it will be useful for you:
It's about time you invested in a new shirt.
Everyone here has a lot invested in their careers.

invest somebody/something with something

phrasal verb
1 to officially give someone power to do something:
Jody has invested Alan with great power over her career.
2 to make someone or something seem to have a particular quality or character:
Richard's heavy-rimmed glasses invested him with an air of intelligence.

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