I. transitive verb Etymology: Latin investire to clothe, surround, from in- + vestis garment — more at wear Date: circa 1534 1. [Medieval Latin investire, from Latin, to clothe] a. to array in the symbols of office or honor b. to furnish with power or authority c. to grant someone control or authority over ; vest 2. to cover completely ; envelop 3. clothe, adorn 4. [Middle French investir, from Old Italian investire, from Latin, to surround] to surround with troops or ships so as to prevent escape or entry 5. to endow with a quality ; infuse II. verb Etymology: Italian investire to clothe, invest money, from Latin, to clothe Date: 1613 transitive verb 1. to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return 2. to make use of for future benefits or advantages <
invested her time wisely
3. to involve or engage especially emotionally <
were deeply invested in their children's lives
intransitive verb to make an investment • investable adjectiveinvestor noun

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