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invest +‎ -ment


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvɛstmənt/, /ɪnˈvɛsmənt/
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investment (countable and uncountable, 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 or appreciation.
    Antonym: divestment
    • (Can we date this quote by A. Hamilton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      An investment in ink, paper, and steel pens.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in 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. (obsolete) A vestment.
  4. (military) The act of surrounding, blocking up, or besieging by an armed force, or the state of being so surrounded.
    • (Can we date this quote by Marshall and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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.



  • investment at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • investment in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.