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English definition of “private investment”

private investment

noun [C or U]    
FINANCE money invested by companies, financial organizations, or other investors, rather than by a government: Research should be based on a partnership of public and private investment. a private investment company/firm/groupattract/encourage private investment Up to $500 million will be used to attract private investment in energy-related economic development, including solar manufacturing and biofuels.
(Definition of private investment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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