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.
v make an investment
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invest money in government securities
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
invest at a risk
buy stocks or shares of a company
try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
v give qualities or abilities to
v furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
v provide with power and authority
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consecrate, ordain, order, ordinate
appoint to a clerical posts
invest with regal power; enthrone
put a monarch on the throne
invest with ministerial or priestly authority