Simon, "to invest a city" means:
(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.
Is that the meaning you meant? - Cian Gillebhrath
- I believ you will also find a meaning (arising from the next step to yours) of entering a town or city in triumph -- to cover, to envelop, also to endow with authority.
- The new regime, having (by your meaning) invested, i.e. beseiged, then invests by enveloping and entering in to, thereby endowing it with the authority of legitimacy as opposed to enmity.
- However, if you can think of a better synonym ...
- --Simoncursitor 13:30, 12 Nov 2004 (EST)