investment

1 of 2

noun (1)

in·​vest·​ment in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce investment (audio)
: the outlay of money usually for income or profit : capital outlay
also : the sum invested or the property purchased

investment

2 of 2

noun (2)

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: an outer layer : envelope
b
archaic : vestment

Examples of investment in a Sentence

Noun (2) the investment of Cuba was one of the decisive moments in the Cuban Missile Crisis the investment of a new diocesan bishop is typically a grand and solemn occasion
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, apart from this is an investment in the beauty brand and not the hotel. Kathryn Hopkins, WWD, 9 July 2024 My priorities are economic growth, community investment, and public safety and health. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 What to Consider Priced at $169, this garment bag is an investment. Maddie Michalik, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 Alan Davidson, administrator of the NTIA, drew parallels between these investments and major projects from previous generations, like electrifying homes or the interstate highway system. Tyler Spence, The Indianapolis Star, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for investment 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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Noun (2)

invest entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1774, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Time Traveler
The first known use of investment was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Investment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/investment. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

investment

1 of 2 noun
in·​vest·​ment in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce investment (audio)

investment

2 of 2 noun
1
: the outlay of money for income or profit
2
: a sum of money invested or a property purchased

Medical Definition

investment

noun
in·​vest·​ment in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce investment (audio)
1
: an external covering of a cell, part, or organism
2
: a layer of heat-resistant material in which a dental appliance (as a bridge or inlay) is cast or in which it is embedded before soldering

Legal Definition

investment

1 of 2 noun
in·​vest·​ment

investment

2 of 2 noun
1
: the outlay of money usually for income or profit : capital outlay
also : the sum invested or the property purchased
2
: the commitment of funds with a view to minimizing risk and safeguarding capital while earning a return compare speculation

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