[in-vest-muh nt]
  1. the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
  2. a particular instance or mode of investing.
  3. a thing invested in, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
  4. something that is invested; sum invested.
  5. the act or fact of investing or state of being invested, as with a garment.
  6. 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.
  7. Biology. any covering, coating, outer layer, or integument, as of an animal or vegetable.
  8. the act of investing with a quality, attribute, etc.
  9. investiture with an office, dignity, or right.
  10. a siege or blockade; the surrounding of a place with military forces or works, as in besieging.
  11. Also called investment compound. Metallurgy. a refractory material applied in a plastic state to a pattern to make a mold.
  12. Archaic. a garment or vestment.

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for overinvestment


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



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

overinvestment in Culture


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

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