investment

[in-vest-muhnt]
noun
1.
the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
2.
a particular instance or mode of investing.
3.
a thing invested in, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
4.
something that is invested; sum invested.
5.
the act or fact of investing or state of being invested, as with a garment.
6.
a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something: His investment in the project included more time than he cared to remember.
7.
Biology. any covering, coating, outer layer, or integument, as of an animal or vegetable.
8.
the act of investing with a quality, attribute, etc.
9.
investiture with an office, dignity, or right.
10.
a siege or blockade; the surrounding of a place with military forces or works, as in besieging.
11.
Also called investment compound. Metallurgy. a refractory material applied in a plastic state to a pattern to make a mold.
12.
Archaic. a garment or vestment.

Origin:
1590–1600 for def 12; 1605–15 for def 1; invest + -ment

nonreinvestment, noun
overinvestment, noun
preinvestment, noun
proinvestment, adjective
reinvestment, noun
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investment (ɪnˈvɛstmənt)
 
n
1.  a.  the act of investing money
 b.  the amount invested
 c.  an enterprise, asset, etc, in which money is or can be invested
2.  a.  the act of investing effort, resources, etc
 b.  the amount invested
3.  economics the amount by which the stock of capital (plant, machinery, materials, etc) in an enterprise or economy changes
4.  biology the outer layer or covering of an organ, part, or organism
5.  a less common word for investiture
6.  the act of investing or state of being invested, as with an official robe, a specific quality, etc
7.  rare the act of besieging with military forces, works, etc

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investment definition


The purchase of property with the expectation that its value will increase over time.

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Example sentences
But the average return was below the returns of the major stock and bond indexes commonly used to measure investment performance.
And as your article rightly recognizes, there is also no system for evaluating social benefit or return on investment.
Landfill space costs money for state and local governments, which do not receive a monetary return on this investment.
The results came on the back of growing investment banking fees as well as strong sales and trading results.
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