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investment

noun
 
 
/ɪnˈvestmənt/ FINANCE
[C or U] the act of putting money into a business to buy new stock, machines, etc., or a sum of money that is invested in a business in this way: investment in sth The company has increased its investment in research. They plan to maintain their current level of investment. We've made a significant investment in IT.
[U] the act of buying shares, bonds, property, etc. in order to make a profit: investment in sth Investment in China has increased considerably. attract/encourage investment long-term/short-term investment domestic/foreign/overseas investment private/public investment The fund manager makes all investment decisions. We're always looking for investment opportunities.
[C] something such as shares, bonds, or property that you buy in order to make a profit: good/bad/risky investment The fund was billed as an especially safe investment option.
[C] an amount of money that you invest in something: an investment of sth The plan requires an estimated investment of €80 to €120 million. A business tries to get the best return on its investment. He made an initial investment of $2,000. the maximum/minimum investment
→ See also alternative investment, Alternative Investment Market, authorized investment fund, autonomous investment, capital investment, community investment, corporate investment, direct investment, domestic investment, equity investment, ethical investment, financial investment, fixed investment, foreign direct investment, foreign investment, government investment, gross investment, inward investment, net investment, non-investment, outward investment, over-investment, overseas investment, personal investment, private investment, property investment, public investment, real estate investment, real investment, retail investment, return on investment, speculative investment
(Definition of investment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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