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invest in (oneself, someone, or something)

1. To use money or other resources to attempt to improve oneself, someone, or something, with the hope that doing so brings future benefits. You need to start investing in your house before it just falls down. Yes, I'm taking a photography course—I'm investing in myself for a change.
2. To grant someone or something authority. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "invest" and "in." Don't invest power in that madman!
3. To purchase something that will be useful or advantageous in the future. You need to invest in some better equipment before you guys take your band on the road.
4. To dedicate oneself to some task or goal. In this usage, the phrase is used reflexively. If you would just invest yourself in doing the job right the first time, it wouldn't be such a hassle.
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invest (one's) time in (something)

To put forth effort toward some task or goal. If I invest my time in this project, I want to see some good returns.
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invest (someone) with (something)

1. To give someone or something authority. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "invest" and "with." Don't invest that madman with power!
2. To believe that someone possesses a particular trait or quality. Any time you have a crush on someone, you end up investing them with all kinds of great qualities that they don't actually have.
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invest in someone or something

to put resources into someone or something in hopes of increasing the value of the person or thing. (The emphasis is on the act of investing.) We invested in Tom, and we have every right to expect a lot from him. She invested in junk bonds heavily.
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invest someone's time in something

Fig. to put one's time, effort, or energy into a project. Mary invests her time in charity work. I invested five weeks of my time building this model ship.
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invest someone with something

to endow someone with something, such as power or privilege. The constitution invests the vice president with the authority to act on the president's behalf in certain conditions. The state has invested me with the authority to unite this couple in marriage.
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invest something in someone or something

1. to put money, time, effort, etc., into someone or something, hoping for a return. We will invest time and effort in Fred and make him into a recording star. Sharon invested a lot of money in the stock market.
2. to place power or authority under control of someone or something. The constitution has invested certain powers in the federal government and left the rest to the states. The law invests the power to arrest criminals in the sheriffs department.
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invest in

1. To commit money or capital to something in order to gain a financial return: We lost a lot of the money we had invested in the stock market last year. We invested $1,000 in stocks.
2. To spend money or time on something that will be beneficial in the future: Since winter is coming up, you might want to invest in a good coat.
3. To commit oneself to some purpose. Used reflexively: The teachers invested themselves in improving the school's curriculum.
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invest with

1. To grant someone some power or authority: The state invests a justice of the peace with the authority to perform marriages. I am invested with the task of fixing the computers.
2. To attribute to someone or something some enveloping or pervasive quality: I invested my friend with virtues that turned out to be products of my own imagination.
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We also wanted to avoid someone's getting too heavily invested in company stock.
In September, Love invested about $14,000 in Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), saving on broker's fees.
Five angels invested a total of $40,000 in Henry Ford, launching Ford's auto empire in 1903.
Another $30 each pay period is designated for her 401(k) retirement plan, and $75 a month is invested in three mutual funds ($25 each), and an IRA account that Jones opened through American Express Financial Services.
The four steps outlined in the book are: (1) determining the class of assets--stocks, bonds and cash equivalents; (2) determining the amount of money needed to invest in each class; (3) investing in specific securities based on your goals; and (4) the amount of money to be invested in each security (see chart).
Today, Martin has about $200 invested in Disney and another $1,500 invested in Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU).
In 1994, he invested about $1,400 he'd earned from a part-time job in his first stock, Showboat Casinos, which has been acquired by Harrah's Entertainment Inc.
With certain types of cash-value insurance policies, called universal variable-life policies, the premiums can be invested in the stock market, where they probably will enjoy excellent long-term returns--although there's always a risk investing in the market.
Moreover, those clubs that flourish do so because they tend to stay fully invested at all times.
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