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noun investment pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈvestmənt/ 
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singularinvestment
pluralinvestments
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] business money used in a way that may earn you more money, for example money used for buying property or stock 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 $ 1,000.

  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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