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[in-vest] /ɪnˈvɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
2.
to use (money), as in accumulating something:
to invest large sums in books.
3.
to use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something:
He invested a lot of time in helping retarded children.
4.
to furnish with power, authority, rank, etc.:
The Constitution invests the president with the power of veto.
5.
to furnish or endow with a power, right, etc.; vest:
Feudalism invested the lords with absolute authority over their vassals.
6.
to endow with a quality or characteristic:
to invest a friend with every virtue.
7.
to infuse or belong to, as a quality or characteristic:
Goodness invests his every action.
8.
Metallurgy. to surround (a pattern) with an investment.
9.
to provide with the insignia of office.
10.
to install in an office or position.
11.
to clothe, attire, or dress.
12.
to cover, adorn, or envelop:
Spring invests the trees with leaves.
13.
to surround (a place) with military forces or works so as to prevent approach or escape; besiege.
verb (used without object)
14.
to invest money; make an investment:
to invest in oil stock.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Medieval Latin investīre to install, invest (money), surround, clothe in, Latin: to clothe in, equivalent to in- in-2 + vestīre to clothe, derivative of vestis garment; see vest
Related forms
investor, noun
noninvestor, noun
overinvest, verb
preinvest, verb (used with object)
reinvest, verb (used with object)
underinvest, verb (used without object)
underinvested, adjective
uninvested, adjective
well-invested, adjective
Can be confused
infect, infest, invest.
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British Dictionary definitions for reinvesting

invest

/ɪnˈvɛst/
verb
1.
(often foll by in) to lay out (money or capital in an enterprise, esp by purchasing shares) with the expectation of profit
2.
(transitive) often foll by in. to devote (effort, resources, etc, to a project)
3.
(transitive; often foll by in or with) (mainly archaic) to clothe or adorn (in some garment, esp the robes of an office) to invest a king in the insignia of an emperor
4.
(transitive) often foll by in. to install formally or ceremoniously (in an official position, rank, etc)
5.
(transitive; foll by in or with) to place (power, authority, etc, in) or provide (with power or authority) to invest new rights in the monarchy
6.
(transitive; usually passive; foll by in or with) to provide or endow (a person with qualities, characteristics, etc) he was invested with great common sense
7.
generally (poetic) (transitive) foll by with. to cover or adorn, as if with a coat or garment when spring invests the trees with leaves
8.
(transitive) (rare) to surround with military forces; besiege
9.
(informal) (intransitive) foll by in. to purchase; buy
Derived Forms
investable, investible, adjective
investor, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin investīre to clothe, from Latin, from vestīre, from vestis a garment
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Word Origin and History for reinvesting
invest
late 14c., "to clothe in the official robes of an office," from L. investire "to clothe in, cover, surround," from in "in, into" + vestire "to dress, clothe" (see wear). The meaning "use money to produce profit" first attested 1610s in connection with the East Indies trade, and is probably a borrowing of It. investire (13c.) from the same L. root, via the notion of giving one's capital a new form. The military meaning "to besiege" is from c.1600.
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