return on investment

noun
the amount of profit, before tax and after depreciation, from an investment made, usually expressed as a percentage of the original total cost invested. Abbreviation: ROI
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return on investment

noun
(corporate finance) the amount, expressed as a percentage, that is earned on a company's total capital calculated by dividing the total capital into earnings before interest, taxes, or dividends are paid [syn: return on invested capital
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Example sentences
When it comes to approving funding for projects, policymakers want to have a
  clearer sense of the return on investment.
That's a pretty good return on investment, considering few of the stallions ran
  more than a dozen races in their entire careers.
Customization isn't about return on investment, though.
The students were asking me to justify the return on investment in a college
  education.
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