- To spend money, time, or energy on something, especially for some benefit or purpose; used with in.
- We'd like to thank all the contributors who have invested countless hours into this event.
- (transitive, dated) To clothe or wrap (with garments).
- 1851, Melville, Herman, Moby-Dick:
- He was but shabbily apparelled in faded jacket and patched trowsers; a rag of a black handkerchief investing his neck.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To put on (clothing).
- To envelop, wrap, cover.
- To commit money or capital in the hope of financial gain.
- To ceremonially install someone in some office.
- To formally give (someone) some power or authority.
- To formally give (power or authority).
- To surround, accompany, or attend.
- To lay siege to.
- 1820, Maturin, Charles, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 4:
- When she related that a band of fanatics, after robbing a church of all its silver-plate, and burning the adjacent vicarage, drunk with their success, had invested the Castle, and cried aloud for ‘the man’ to be brought unto them, that he might be hewed to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal—[…]her young hearers felt a deep stirring of the heart,—a proud yet mellowed elation that never yet was felt by the reader of a written history, though its pages were as legitimate as any sanctioned by the royal licenser at Madrid.
- to invest a town
- (intransitive) To make investments.
- (metallurgy) To prepare for lost wax casting by creating an investment mold (a mixture of a silica sand and plaster).
- (intransitive) To be involved in; to form strong attachments to.
to clothe or wrap with garments — see clothe
to envelop, wrap, cover
to commit resources in the hope of financial gain
to spend money, time, effort into sthg
to ceremonially install into office
to formally give power
to lay siege to
to make investments
to create an investment mold
From investigate, by shortening
invest (plural invests)
- (meteorology) An unnamed tropical weather pattern "to investigate" for development into a significant (named) system.