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investment

noun (1) Save Word in·​vest·​ment | \ in-ˈves(t)-mənt \

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) 1 : investiture sense 1 2 : blockade , siege 3 a : an outer layer : envelope b archaic : vestment

Synonyms for investment

Synonyms: Noun (2) beleaguerment , blockade , leaguer , siege Visit the Thesaurus for More

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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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 31 Jan. 2021.

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investment

noun in·​vest·​ment | \ in-ˈvest-mənt \

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 \

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

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Legal Definition of investment

(Entry 1 of 2) : investiture sense 1

investment

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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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