- the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
- a particular instance or mode of investing.
- a thing invested in, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
- something that is invested; sum invested.
- the act or fact of investing or state of being invested, as with a garment.
- a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something: His investment in the project included more time than he cared to remember.
- Biology. any covering, coating, outer layer, or integument, as of an animal or vegetable.
- the act of investing with a quality, attribute, etc.
- investiture with an office, dignity, or right.
- a siege or blockade; the surrounding of a place with military forces or works, as in besieging.
- Also called investment compound. Metallurgy. a refractory material applied in a plastic state to a pattern to make a mold.
- Archaic. a garment or vestment.
Origin of investment
Examples from the Web for overinvestment
Contemporary Examples of overinvestment
And the economy is plagued by overinvestment and excess capacity in housing, steel, and a host of other sectors.Vancouver Real-Estate Market Unlikely Victim of China Slowdown
November 12, 2012
Historical Examples of overinvestment
Nevertheless, the bankers knew that there had been overinvestment.
The Wall Street Group knew that there had been overinvestment.
- the act of investing money
- the amount invested
- an enterprise, asset, etc, in which money is or can be invested
- the act of investing effort, resources, etc
- 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
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.
The purchase of property with the expectation that its value will increase over time.