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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).
6. Archaic
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- in Indo-European roots).]

in·vest′a·ble, in·vest′i·ble adj.
in·ves′tor n.
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Noun1.investing - the act of investinginvesting - the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
arbitrage - a kind of hedged investment meant to capture slight differences in price; when there is a difference in the price of something on two different markets the arbitrageur simultaneously buys at the lower price and sells at the higher price
finance - the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
foreign direct investment - investing in United States businesses by foreign citizens (often involves stock ownership of the business)
leveraging, leverage - investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)
bull - try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
buy into - buy stocks or shares of a company
pyramid - enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
subscribe - offer to buy, as of stocks and shares; "The broker subscribed 500 shares"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
This procrastinator Kutuzov, whose motto was "Patience and Time," this enemy of decisive action, gave battle at Borodino, investing the preparations for it with unparalleled solemnity.
He was but shabbily apparelled in faded jacket and patched trowsers; a rag of a black handkerchief investing his neck.
Now, mustering the spare poles from below, and selecting one of hickory, with the bark still investing it, Ahab fitted the end to the socket of the iron.
The Lacedaemonians, to gratify their allies, and yet preserve the semblance of an adherence to their ancient institutions, had recourse to the flimsy subterfuge of investing Lysander with the real power of admiral, under the nominal title of vice-admiral.
Investing a small sum which he had amassed since leaving his native village, in merchandise suited to the American market, he embarked, in the month of November, 1783, in a ship bound to Baltimore, and arrived in Hampton Roads in the month of January.
The thought suffices them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action.