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.
To engage in any activity in which money is put at risk for the purpose of making a profit, and which is characterized by some or most of the following (in approximately descending order of importance): sufficient research has been conducted; the odds are favorable; the behavior is risk-averse; a systematic approach is being taken; emotions such as greed and fear play no role; the activity is ongoing and done as part of a long-term plan; the activity is not motivated solely by entertainment or compulsion; ownership of something tangible is involved; a net positive economic effect results. see also gamble.
To invest essentially means to put the valuable things you own into a form in which they will earn more money or other benefit. Putting money in the bank is an investment because it earns interest in the form of money. Buying a house is also an investment because it gives you the use of the house and because houses generally increase in monetary value over the years. Bonds, GICs, and houses are fairly
Investing money in any business with the purpose of getting a profit. To evaluate, whether it's worth investing money into a certain business, one should try to determine, what one gets in comparison with similar investments with a lower degree of risk.
Use money to make more money, usually with the understanding that risk is involved. Often done by purchasing items of value for income or capital appreciation, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, CDs, and collectibles.
(1) To formally grant power or authority to someone. For example, when the President of the United States is inaugurated, he is invested with all the powers of that office. (2) To contribute money to a business venture, or to buy property or securities, with the intention and expectation of making a profit.