In*vest" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invested; p. pr. & vb. n. Investing.] [L. investire, investitum; pref. in- in + vestire to clothe, fr. vestis clothing: cf. F. investir. See Vest.]

1.

To put garments on; to clothe; to dress; to array; -- opposed to divest. Usually followed by with, sometimes by in; as, to invest one with a robe.

2.

To put on.

[Obs.]

Can not find one this girdle to invest. Spenser.

3.

To clothe, as with office or authority; to place in possession of rank, dignity, or estate; to endow; to adorn; to grace; to bedeck; as, to invest with honor or glory; to invest with an estate.

I do invest you jointly with my power. Shak.

4.

To surround, accompany, or attend.

Awe such as must always invest the spectacle of the guilt. Hawthorne.

5.

To confer; to give.

[R.]

It investeth a right of government. Bacon.

6. Mil.

To inclose; to surround of hem in with troops, so as to intercept succors of men and provisions and prevent escape; to lay siege to; as, to invest a town.

7.

To lay out (money or capital) in business with the iew of obtaining an income or profit; as, to invest money in bank stock.

 

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In*vest" (?), v. i.

To make an investment; as, to invest in stocks; -- usually followed by in.

 

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