- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to buy property, shares in a company, etc. in the hope of making a profit invest (in something) Now is a good time to invest in the property market. invest something (in something) He invested his life savings in his daughter's business. Wordfinderafford, bank, bankrupt, capital, economy, expense, finance, invest, money, profit Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] (of an organization or government, etc.) to spend money on something in order to make it better or more successful invest (in/on something) The government has invested heavily in public transport. invest something (in/on something) The college is to invest $2 million in a new conference hall. In his time managing the club he has invested millions on new players.
- 3[transitive] invest something (in something) invest something (in) doing something to spend time, energy, effort, etc. on something that you think is good or useful She had invested all her adult life in the relationship.
- 4[transitive] (formal) to give somebody power or authority, especially as part of their job invest somebody (with something) The new position invested her with a good deal of responsibility. invest somebody (as something) The interview was broadcast on the same day he was invested as President. see also investiture Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the senses ‘clothe’, ‘clothe with the insignia of a rank’, and ‘endow with authority’): from French investir or Latin investire, from in-
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈvest//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvest//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invest
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvest//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvest//he / she / it invests
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvests//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvests//past simple invested
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvestɪd//past participle invested
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvestɪd//-ing form investing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvestɪŋ//