To invest is to put anything into something else, with the hope of seeing something better happen. For example, one might invest their attention in another in order for a relationship to blossom.
The Hebrew word for to invest is לְהַשְׁקִיעַ . Its root is שׁ.ק.ע (sh.k.a) meaning sinking – one needs to sink their investment into something – such as sinking seeds into the ground – in order for the investment to grow. Likewise, since an investment entails a risk, it might produce a sinking feeling in the heart of the investor. But investment is necessary, as they say, “no deposit, no return.”
להשקיע is an active-causative הִפְעִיל verb. Here’s an example:
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