investment ( investments plural )
1 n-uncount Investment is the activity of investing money.
usu with supp, oft N in n
He said the government must introduce tax incentives to encourage investment...
2 n-var An investment is an amount of money that you invest, or the thing that you invest it in.
usu with supp
You'll be able to earn an average rate of return of 8% on your investments.
3 n-count If you describe something you buy as an investment, you mean that it will be useful, especially because it will help you to do a task more cheaply or efficiently.
usu sing, usu adj N
When selecting boots, fine, quality leather will be a wise investment...
4 n-uncount Investment of time or effort is the spending of time or effort on something in order to make it a success. usu N of n I worry about this big investment of time and effort.
Inward investment is the investment of money in a country by companies from outside that country. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
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