investment

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Etymology[edit]

invest +‎ -ment

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Noun[edit]

investment (plural investments)

  1. The act of investing, or state of being invested.
  2. (finance) A placement of capital in expectation of deriving income or profit from its use.
    • A. Hamilton
      An investment in ink, paper, and steel pens.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18: 
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. [] The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
  3. That with which anyone is invested; a vestment.
  4. (military) The act of surrounding, blocking up, or besieging by an armed force, or the state of being so surrounded.
    • Marshall
      The capitulation was signed by the commander of the fort within six days after its investments.
  5. A mixture of silica sand and plaster which, by surrounding a wax pattern, creates a negative mold of the form used for casting, among other metals, bronze.

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