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Etymology 1[edit]

From French investir, from Latin investio ‎(to clothe, cover), from in- ‎(in, on) + vestio ‎(to clothe, dress), from vestis ‎(clothing); see vest.


invest ‎(third-person singular simple present invests, present participle investing, simple past and past participle invested)

  1. (dated) To clothe or wrap (with garments).
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      He was but shabbily apparelled in faded jacket and patched trowsers; a rag of a black handkerchief investing his neck.
  2. (obsolete) To put on (clothing).
    • Spenser
      cannot find one this girdle to invest
  3. To envelop, wrap, cover.
    • 1667: Night / Invests the Sea, and wished Morn delayes — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 207-8
  4. To commit money or capital in the hope of financial gain.
  5. To spend money, time, or energy into something, especially for some benefit or purpose.
    We'd like to thank all the contributors who have invested countless hours into this event.
  6. To ceremonially install someone in some office.
  7. To formally give (someone) some power or authority.
    • Shakespeare
      I do invest you jointly with my power.
  8. To formally give (power or authority).
    • Francis Bacon
      It investeth a right of government.
  9. To surround, accompany, or attend.
    • Hawthorne
      awe such as must always invest the spectacle of the guilt
  10. To lay siege to.
    to invest a town
  11. (intransitive) To make investments.
  12. (metallurgy) To prepare for lost wax casting by creating an investment mold (a mixture of a silica sand and plaster).
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Etymology 2[edit]

From investigate, by shortening


invest ‎(plural invests)

  1. (meteorology) An unnamed tropical weather pattern "to investigate" for development into a significant (named) system.