investment

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

Definition of investment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the outlay of money usually for income or profit : capital outlay also : the sum invested or the property purchased

investment

noun (2)

Definition of investment (Entry 2 of 2)

3a : an outer layer : envelope
b archaic : vestment

Synonyms for investment

Synonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of investment

Noun (1)

1774, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for investment

Noun (1)

invest entry 1

Noun (2)

invest entry 2

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Time Traveler for investment

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The first known use of investment was in 1597

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“Investment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/investment. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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investment

noun
in·​vest·​ment | \ in-ˈvest-mənt How to pronounce investment (audio) \

Kids Definition of investment

1 : the act of putting out money in order to gain a profit
2 : a sum of money invested
3 : a property in which money is invested

investment

noun
in·​vest·​ment | \ in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce investment (audio) \

Medical Definition of investment

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

investment

noun
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Legal Definition of investment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

investment

noun

Legal Definition of investment (Entry 2 of 2)

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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