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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

    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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