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investmentnoun [C or U]

uk   /ɪnˈvest.mənt/  us   /ɪnˈvest.mənt/
B2 the act of putting money, effort, time, etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage, or the money, effort, time, etc. used to do this: The government wanted an inflow of foreign investment. Stocks are regarded as good long-term investments. The account requires a minimum investment of €1,000. There's been a significant investment of time and energy in order to make the project a success.

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(Definition of investment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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investmentnoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪnˈvest·mənt/
the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result: [C] real estate investments [U] There’s an awful lot of foreign investment in the US.
(Definition of investment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"investment" in Business English

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investmentnoun

uk   us   /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
(Definition of investment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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