[in-vest-muh nt]


Origin of investment

1590–1600 for def 12; 1605–15 for def 1; invest + -ment
Related formsnon·re·in·vest·ment, nouno·ver·in·vest·ment, nounpre·in·vest·ment, nounpro·in·vest·ment, adjectivere·in·vest·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for investment

Contemporary Examples of investment

Historical Examples of investment

  • I am, in other words, an investment from which they expect large returns.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • As an investment, these possessions were extremely unremunerative.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Mark Twain made his first investment in Redding that spring.

  • Perhaps,” she rejoined, laughing, “but I should not care to make such an investment.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Please say to him that a client wishes to speak to him regarding an investment.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for investment



  1. the act of investing money
  2. the amount invested
  3. an enterprise, asset, etc, in which money is or can be invested
  1. the act of investing effort, resources, etc
  2. the amount invested
economics the amount by which the stock of capital (plant, machinery, materials, etc) in an enterprise or economy changes
biology the outer layer or covering of an organ, part, or organism
a less common word for investiture (def. 1)
the act of investing or state of being invested, as with an official robe, a specific quality, etc
rare the act of besieging with military forces, works, etc
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Word Origin and History for investment

1590s, "act of putting on vestments" (a sense now found in investiture); later "act of being invested with an office, right, endowment, etc." (1640s); and "surrounding and besieging of a military target" (1811); see invest + -ment. Commercial sense is from 1610s, originally of the finances of the East India Company; general use is from 1740 in the sense of "conversion of money to property in hopes of profit," and by 1837 in the sense "amount of money so invested; property viewed as a vehicle for profit." For evolution of commercial senses, see invest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

investment in Culture


The purchase of property with the expectation that its value will increase over time.

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