Definition of investment in US English:



  • 1The action or process of investing money for profit or material result.

    ‘a debate over private investment in road-building’
    ‘a total investment of $50,000’
    • ‘So far, they seem to be playing it safe, with less money than expected flowing into new investments.’
    • ‘We need to attract both private and foreign investment in education and train our manpower.’
    • ‘Many people seem to expect their investments to spring into instant action.’
    • ‘In fact most foreign investment in Britain is about buying up existing firms, not new development.’
    • ‘The companies practice this as well, resulting in the investments becoming active and the criminals becoming rich.’
    • ‘But if firms do not undertake new investments, then this demand will be insufficient.’
    • ‘Musharraf has to create an atmosphere that would encourage foreign investment in Pakistan.’
    • ‘It had to make its investments work, but under this legislation there is absolutely no competition.’
    • ‘And so the initial corpus of money was expanded many times over, as a result of shrewd investments.’
    • ‘Expectations on returns in investments have been considerably lowered.’
    • ‘Energy companies get hundreds of millions of dollars for investments already made.’
    • ‘As a result, the return on any savings or investments needs to at least match the rate of inflation or else you are effectively losing money over time.’
    • ‘Turkey has never led the list of the countries in terms of total amount of foreign investment in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘The government is in favour of allowing foreign direct investment in the pension sector.’
    • ‘The report suggests there might be what it calls a new geography of foreign investment in the making.’
    • ‘With-profits funds invest in a combination of equities, fixed interest investments, gilts and property.’
    • ‘Like all share investments, index funds are too volatile for short-term investing.’
    • ‘This second phase will bring the total investment in excess of one billion dollars.’
    • ‘If you don't have the time to devote to managing your investments it might be a good idea to get some professional help.’
    • ‘The reason is that all these figures give us an idea of what to expect from our own investments and borrowings over various time scales.’
    investing, speculation
    stake, share, portion, interest, capital invested, money invested
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    1. 1.1 A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future.
      ‘a used car is rarely a good investment’
      • ‘Both of these pieces of equipment were good investments for future use in ceramics classes.’
      • ‘We have made big investments for the future in the Superannuation Fund and now in the savings initiatives.’
      • ‘At the same time, furthering your career is one of the biggest investments you can make in your children's future.’
      • ‘Chelsea with all their cash would see him as an investment for the future as much as anything else.’
      • ‘There is a steep learning curve but it becomes an investment in the future and is an inevitability.’
      • ‘Generally, we've left decisions about energy investments to private investors.’
      • ‘Future investments will be concentrated into the automotive business in order to improve its competitiveness.’
      • ‘The factors that make wine a worthwhile investment are numerous and complex.’
      • ‘That is an investment in the future and an investment that is paying off already.’
      • ‘The expected returns of all sterling-based investments, shares included, must now be lower to account for this.’
      • ‘Wise buyers of contemporary Irish couture should regard their purchases as future investments.’
      • ‘Apart from investments, one source expected to grow is non-oil and gas exports.’
      • ‘Louis viewed bribes as an investment which could bring future benefits to France.’
      • ‘Chinese oil companies are investigating major investments in Russian energy companies.’
      • ‘Maintaining and improving the outside of your home is well worth the investment and will make it more marketable.’
      • ‘The band will soon be releasing a live album, which will be well worth the investment.’
      • ‘It is worth the investment and risk of spending money upfront - not just to cover your back but to make better choices.’
      • ‘You can get packs of various sizes to suit all your cable management needs so they tend to be a good investment for a future quick fix.’
      • ‘Over the long term, shares have beaten other mainstream investments, and we expect them to continue to do so in the future.’
      • ‘Even if you don't need the extra performance now, you can think of it as an investment in future gaming fun.’
      venture, speculation, risk, gamble
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    2. 1.2 An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.
      ‘the time spent in attending a one-day seminar is an investment in our professional futures’
      • ‘But give first before you receive, considering it an investment in later results.’
      • ‘They are making investments for their own future.’
      • ‘May every gift we bring be an investment in the future that you have for all people.’
      • ‘It requires a greater investment of time, attention, and emotional energy.’
      • ‘Such commemoration is a worthwhile investment in terms of the extra tourist income that would be brought to London.’
      • ‘In the long run, graduates who go into high-earning jobs will still turn that into a worthwhile investment.’
      • ‘Then, there was an enormous investment of time and effort in the decision over the euro.’
      • ‘This was just enough to buy a small flat in Nuneaton, through a friend, as an investment for the future.’
      • ‘This survey is the result of a significant investment of time by numerous volunteers.’
      • ‘The readiness we have today is a result of our past investments in realistic training.’
      sacrifice, surrender, foregoing, loss, relinquishment, forfeiture
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  • 2archaic The surrounding of a place by a hostile force in order to besiege or blockade it.