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Meaning of “invest” in the English Dictionary

"invest" in British English

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investverb [I or T]

uk   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 ​propertymarket. You have all invested ​significantamounts of ​time and ​energy in making this ​project the ​success that it is.

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

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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 ​washingmachine.
(Definition of invest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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investverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈvest/
FINANCE to ​buy something that you ​think will go up in ​value, for ​exampleshares 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 ​propertymarket.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 ​bankaccount, ​buyinsurance, 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 ​savingsaccount.
to put ​money, ​effort, ​time, etc. into something in ​order to ​improve it or get an ​advantage: invest sth in sth The ​companyplans to invest $325 million in its new ​plant.fully/heavily invested in sth Generations ago, the ​government was more ​heavily invested in ​highereducation. invest ​time and ​effort/​energy/​money in sth
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(Definition of invest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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