Definition of investment in English:

investment

Syllabification: in·vest·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈves(t)mənt
 
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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
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    • 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 sharesstake, 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.

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