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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To make an investment; ; -- usually followed by in.
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
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 investigate, by shortening (Wiktionary)
From French investir, from Latin investio ("to clothe, cover"), from in- ("in, on") + vestio ("to clothe, dress"), from vestis ("clothing"); see vest. (Wiktionary)