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investment

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪnˈvest.mənt/ us  
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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