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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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