Share this entry

Share this page

investment

Syllabification: in·vest·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈves(t)mənt
 
/

Definition of investment in English:

noun

1The action or process of investing money for profit or material result: a debate over private investment in road-building a total investment of $50,000
More example sentences
  • Turkey has never led the list of the countries in terms of total amount of foreign investment in Bulgaria.
  • The government is in favour of allowing foreign direct investment in the pension sector.
  • This second phase will bring the total investment in excess of one billion dollars.
Synonyms
investing, speculation;
funding, backing, financing, underwriting;
buying shares
stake, share, money/capital invested
1.1A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future: a used car is rarely a good investment
More example sentences
  • Both of these pieces of equipment were good investments for future use in ceramics classes.
  • Future investments will be concentrated into the automotive business in order to improve its competitiveness.
  • We have made big investments for the future in the Superannuation Fund and now in the savings initiatives.
Synonyms
venture, speculation, risk, gamble;
asset, acquisition, holding, possession
informal grubstake
1.2An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result: the time spent in attending a one-day seminar is an investment in our professional futures
More example sentences
  • This survey is the result of a significant investment of time by numerous volunteers.
  • Then, there was an enormous investment of time and effort in the decision over the euro.
  • The readiness we have today is a result of our past investments in realistic training.
Synonyms
contribution, surrender, loss, forfeiture, sacrifice
2 archaic The surrounding of a place by a hostile force in order to besiege or blockade it.

Definition of investment in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…