Definitions for Investmentɪnˈvɛst mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•vest•mentɪnˈvɛst mənt(n.)

  1. the investing of money or capital for profitable returns.

    Category: Business

  2. a particular instance or mode of investing.

    Category: Business

  3. a thing invested in, as a business.

    Category: Business

  4. something that is invested; sum invested.

    Category: Business

  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 to achieve something.

  7. any covering or outer layer, as of an animal or plant.

    Category: Biology

  8. the act of investing with a quality, attribute, etc.

  9. investiture with an office, dignity, or right.

  10. a siege or encirclement.

    Category: Military

  11. Archaic. a garment or vestment.

Origin of investment:

1590–1600

Princeton's WordNet

  1. investing, investment(noun)

    the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit

  2. investment, investment funds(noun)

    money that is invested with an expectation of profit

  3. investment(noun)

    the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result

    "this job calls for the investment of some hard thinking"; "he made an emotional investment in the work"

  4. investment(noun)

    outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism

  5. investment(noun)

    the act of putting on robes or vestments

  6. investment, investiture(noun)

    the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. investment(noun)ɪnˈvɛst mənt

    ***money you invest, or the act of investing

    ***How much was your original investment.; investment opportunities in the financial sector; property investments

  2. investmentɪnˈvɛst mənt

    the process of spending money or time on sth in order to improve it

    investment in education

  3. investmentɪnˈvɛst mənt

    sth you buy or spend money on in order to benefit in the future

    Property is always a good investment.; Studying abroad is an investment in your future.

Wiktionary

  1. investment(Noun)

    A placement of capital in expectation of deriving income or profit from its use.

  2. investment(Noun)

    A mixture of silica sand and plaster which, by surrounding a wax pattern, creates a negative mold of the form used for casting, among other metals, bronze.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Investment(noun)

    the act of investing, or the state of being invested

  2. Investment(noun)

    that with which anyone is invested; a vestment

  3. Investment(noun)

    the act of surrounding, blocking up, or besieging by an armed force, or the state of being so surrounded

  4. Investment(noun)

    the laying out of money in the purchase of some species of property; the amount of money invested, or that in which money is invested

Freebase

  1. Investment

    Investment has different meanings in finance and economics. In economics, investment is related to saving and deferring consumption. Investment is involved in many areas of the economy, such as business management and finance whether for households, firms, or governments. In finance, investment is putting money into something with the expectation of gain, usually over a longer term. This may or may not be backed by research and analysis. Most or all forms of investment involve some form of risk, such as investment in equities, property, and even fixed interest securities which are subject, inter alia, to inflation risk. In contrast putting money into something with a hope of short-term gain, with or without thorough analysis, is gambling or speculation. This category would include most forms of derivatives, which incorporate a risk element without being long-term homes for money, and betting on horses. It would also include purchase of e.g. a company share in the hope of a short-term gain without any intention of holding it for the long term. Under the efficient market hypothesis, all investments with equal risk should have the same expected rate of return: that is to say there is a trade-off between risk and expected return. But that does not prevent one from investing in risky assets over the long term in the hope of benefiting from this trade-off. The common usage of investment to describe speculation has had an effect in real life as well: it reduced investor capacity to discern investment from speculation, reduced investor awareness of risk associated with speculation, increased capital available to speculation, and decreased capital available to investment.

Editors Contribution

  1. Investment

    The "action of putting something in to somewhere else" perhaps originally related to a person's garment or vestment. A traditional definition is the “investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.” A more generic view is “devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Investment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #902

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Investment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1314

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Investment' in Nouns Frequency: #356


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

investment(noun)

the act of investing.

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