Definition of investment in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /inˈves(t)mənt/


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.
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.
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.
contribution, surrender, loss, forfeiture, sacrifice
2 archaic The surrounding of a place by a hostile force in order to besiege or blockade it.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: in·vest·ment

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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