Invest

Definition of Invest

In`vest´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Invested; p. pr. & vb. n. Investing.]
1.To put garments on; to clothe; to dress; to array; - opposed to divest. Usually followed by with, sometimes by in; as, to invest one with a robe.
2.To put on.
Can not find one this girdle to invest.
- Spenser.
3.To clothe, as with office or authority; to place in possession of rank, dignity, or estate; to endow; to adorn; to grace; to bedeck; as, to invest with honor or glory; to invest with an estate.
I do invest you jointly with my power.
- Shak.
4.To surround, accompany, or attend.
Awe such as must always invest the spectacle of the guilt.
- Hawthorne.
5.To confer; to give.
It investeth a right of government.
- Bacon.
6.(Mil.) 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; as, to invest a town.
7.To lay out (money or capital) in business with the view of obtaining an income or profit; as, to invest money in bank stock.
8.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; as, to invest a lot of time in teaching one's children.
v. i.1.To make an investment; as, to invest in stocks; - usually followed by in.

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