Definition of “investment” - English Dictionary

“investment” in British English

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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)

“investment” in American English

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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 /ɪnˈvestmənt/ us 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
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)