Meaning of “invest” in the English Dictionary

"invest" in British English

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investverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪnˈvest/ us /ɪnˈvest/

B2 to put money, effort, time, etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage:

The institute will invest five million in the project.
He's not certain whether to invest in the property market.
You have all invested significant amounts of time and energy in making this project the success that it is.

More examples

  • France and Germany invest far more per capita in public transport than Britain.
  • There is a quirk in the rules that allows you to invest money without paying tax.
  • Dean tricked the old lady into giving him £800, claiming that he would invest it for her.
  • The return on the money we invested was very low.
  • By investing small amounts regularly, you can smooth out the effects of sudden rises and falls in the stock market.

(Definition of “invest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invest" in American English

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investverb [ I/T ]

us /ɪnˈvest/

to put money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result:

[ T ] She tends to invest a lot of energy in her work.
[ I ] I think it’s time to invest in (= buy) a new washing machine.

(Definition of “invest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invest" in Business English

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investverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪnˈvest/ us

FINANCE to buy something that you think will go up in value, for example shares or property, in order to make a profit:

It's a good time to invest.
invest in sth He's not certain whether to invest in the property market.
invest sth in sth The fund has invested 65% of its assets in shares.
We advise our clients on how to invest wisely.

FINANCE, BANKING to put money into a bank account, buy insurance, etc. so that you can receive interest or other payments:

invest (sth) in sth You can invest up to £5,200 a year in a high-interest savings account.

to put money, effort, time, etc. into something in order to improve it or get an advantage:

invest sth in sth The company plans to invest $325 million in its new plant.
fully/heavily invested in sth Generations ago, the government was more heavily invested in higher education.
invest time and effort/energy/money in sth

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(Definition of “invest” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)