Definition of investment in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛs(t)m(ə)nt


  • 1 [mass noun] The action or process of investing money for profit: a debate over private investment in road-building the need to attract foreign investment [count noun]: 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.
    investing, speculation; expenditure, outlay, funding, backing, financing, underwriting; buying sharesstake, share, portion, interest, money/capital invested
    informal ante
  • 1.1 [count noun] A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future: freezers really are a good investment for the elderly
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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.
    venture, speculation, risk, gamble; asset, buy, acquisition, holding, possession; bargain
    British informal flutter, punt
  • 1.2 [count noun] An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result: the time spent in attending the 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] archaic The surrounding of a place by a hostile force in order to besiege or blockade it.

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