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noun investment pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈves(t)mənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] business money used in a way that may earn you more money, for example money used for buying property or shares in a company
    Her investments were mainly in technology stocks.
    an investment banker
    new tax incentives that will attract foreign investment
    1. a.
      an amount of money that is invested
      The minimum investment for this fund is 1000.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of spending money in order to improve something or make it more successful
    Lack of investment had led to a decline in public services.
    investment in: Investment in new technology is critical to our success.
  3. 3
    [countable] something that you are willing to spend money on now because it will give you benefits in the future
    The car’s reliability alone makes it a sound investment.
    Computer courses aren’t cheap, but they’re a good investment for your career.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of time, energy, or emotion needed in order to make something successful
    Teachers’ investment of time in class preparation is always underestimated.


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