Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To commit (money or capital) in order to gain a financial return: invested their savings in stocks and bonds.
  • transitive v. To spend or devote for future advantage or benefit: invested much time and energy in getting a good education.
  • transitive v. To devote morally or psychologically, as to a purpose; commit: "Men of our generation are invested in what they do, women in what we are” ( Shana Alexander).
  • transitive v. To endow with authority or power.
  • transitive v. To install in office with ceremony: invest a new emperor.
  • transitive v. To endow with an enveloping or pervasive quality: "A charm invests a face/Imperfectly beheld” ( Emily Dickinson).
  • transitive v. To clothe; adorn.
  • transitive v. To cover completely; envelop.
  • transitive v. To surround with troops or ships; besiege. See Synonyms at besiege.
  • intransitive v. To make investments or an investment: invest in real estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unnamed tropical weather pattern "to investigate" for development into a significant (named) system.
  • v. To clothe or wrap (with garments).
  • v. To envelop, wrap, cover.
  • v. To commit money or capital in the hope of financial gain.
  • v. To spend money, time, or energy into something, especially for some benefit or purpose.
  • v. To ceremonially install someone in some office.
  • v. To formally give someone some power or authority.
  • v. To lay siege to.
  • v. : To make investments.
  • v. To prepare for lost wax casting by creating an investment mold (a mixture of a silica sand and plaster).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make an investment; ; -- usually followed by in.
  • transitive v. To put garments on; to clothe; to dress; to array; -- opposed to divest. Usually followed by with, sometimes by in.
  • transitive v. To put on.
  • transitive v. To clothe, as with office or authority; to place in possession of rank, dignity, or estate; to endow; to adorn; to grace; to bedeck
  • transitive v. To surround, accompany, or attend.
  • transitive v. To confer; to give.
  • transitive v. To inclose; to surround or hem in with troops, so as to intercept reinforcements of men and provisions and prevent escape; to lay siege to.
  • transitive v. To lay out (money or capital) in business with the view of obtaining an income or profit.
  • transitive v. To expend (time, money, or other resources) with a view to obtaining some benefit of value in excess of that expended, or to achieve a useful pupose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as if with a garment or vesture; clothe; indue: followed by with, and sometimes in, before the thing covering: opposed to divest.
  • To clothe or attire with; put on.
  • To clothe or indue, as with office or authority; hence, to accredit with some quality or attribute; indue by attribution: followed by with: as, to invest a narrative with the charm of romance; to invest a friend with every virtue.
  • In law, to put in possession of something to be held as a matter of right; instate or install: as, to invest a man with rank, dignity, etc.
  • To confer; give; vest.
  • To surround; hem in or about; especially, to surround with hostile intent, or in such a way as to prevent approach or escape; surround with troops, military works, or other barriers; beleaguer.
  • To employ for some profitable use; convert into some other form of wealth, usually of a more or less permanent nature, as in the purchase of property or shares, or in loans secured by mortgage, etc.: said of money or capital: followed by in: as, to invest one's means in lands or houses, or in bank-stock, government bonds, etc.; to invest large sums in books.
  • To make an investment: as, to invest in railway shares.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
  • v. give qualities or abilities to
  • v. place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
  • v. provide with power and authority
  • v. make an investment

Etymologies

From Italian investire and from French investir, both from Latin investīre, to clothe, surround : in-, in; see in-2 + vestīre, to clothe (from vestis, clothes; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French investir, from Latin investio ("to clothe, cover"), from in- ("in, on") + vestio ("to clothe, dress"), from vestis ("clothing"); see vest. (Wiktionary)
From investigate, by shortening (Wiktionary)

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  • Yard House employee-owners are invested in the future

    This is why when we are invested in the outcome, we get so anxious . . .

    Hume offered no evidence that any Democrats are "invested in our losing" or "rooting for us to lose" in Iraq.

    College men and women are invested in the social and are largely opposed to academic and professorial culture . . .

    —Examples from Google of a meaning new to me, and not in the OED. Another dictionary, however, defines it as 'devote morally or psychologically, as to a purpose; commit', giving as example: 'Men of our generation are invested in what they do, women in what we are.'

    August 11, 2008