September 15, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
investment /ɪnˈvɛstmənt/ noun
investment
/ɪnˈvɛstmənt/
noun
Buying a home is usually a good investment.
Buying a home is usually a good investment.
Learner's definition of INVESTMENT

1 a : the act of using money to earn more money : the act of investing money

[noncount]

  • He became wealthy by shrewd investment of his money in the stock market.

  • She got a good return on her investment. [=her investment earned a good profit]

  • The company hopes to attract foreign investment. [=hopes that foreign people/companies will invest money in it]

[count]

  • Buying the house was a good investment.

  • The financial company offers several kinds of investments.

1 b [count] : an amount of money that is invested in something

  • Her initial investment was $2,000.

2 [count] : something that you buy with the idea that it will increase in value, usefulness, etc.

  • The house turned out to be a good investment. [=the house increased in value and they made a good profit when they sold it]

  • A college education is a very good investment.

3 a : the act of spending money on something that is valuable or expected to be useful or helpful

[noncount]

  • The government has set aside money for investment in public transportation.

[count]

  • The company needs to make more investments in technology.

3 b [count, noncount] : the act of giving your time or effort in order to accomplish something or make something better

  • The project will require (a) substantial investment of time and energy.

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