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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
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