invested; investing; invests

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.

Definitions of invest
  1. verb
    make an investment
    synonyms: commit, place, put
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    disinvest, divest
    reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
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    invest money in government securities
    roll over
    re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
    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
    try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
    type of:
    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
  2. verb
    give qualities or abilities to
    synonyms: empower, endow, endue, gift, imbue, indue
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    invest with a large or excessive amount of something
    type of:
    render capable or able for some task
  3. verb
    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
    synonyms: adorn, clothe
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    type of:
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  4. verb
    provide with power and authority
    synonyms: enthrone, vest
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    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
    invest with ministerial or priestly authority
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    instal, install
    put into an office or a position
  5. verb
    place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
    synonyms: induct, seat
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    type of:
    instal, install
    put into an office or a position
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