invest

When you invest, you put time or money into something, hoping that there will be returns greater than what was originally put in.

You commonly hear talk of investing money, but you can invest time in a project as well. You can invest your hopes or emotions in a person. The money, time, or hope is called the investment. Invest can also mean to endow with a power or quality. Laws invest police officers with abilities that regular citizens do not have. Invest originally meant to clothe. In fact, there is a room in some churches still called a vestry where priests get into their garb.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: invest

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v
make an investment
2
v
give qualities or abilities to
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: invest
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v make an investment

Synonyms:
commit, place, put
Antonyms:
disinvest, divest
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
Types:
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fund
invest money in government securities
roll over
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
shelter
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
job, speculate
invest at a risk
buy into
buy stocks or shares of a company
bull
try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out
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v give qualities or abilities to

Synonyms:
empower, endow, endue, gift, indue
Types:
cover
invest with a large or excessive amount of something
Type of:
enable
render capable or able for some task

v furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

Synonyms:
adorn, clothe
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

v provide with power and authority

Synonyms:
enthrone, vest
Antonyms:
disinvest, divest
deprive of status or authority
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consecrate, ordain, order, ordinate
appoint to a clerical posts
coronate, crown
invest with regal power; enthrone
enthrone, throne
put a monarch on the throne
ordain
invest with ministerial or priestly authority
Type of:
instal, install
put into an office or a position

v place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position

Synonyms:
induct, seat
Type of:
instal, install
put into an office or a position
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