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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun investment:


Investment is a member of the word family invest, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun investment

What does investment mean as a name of something?

Investment is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: investments

  1. the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of investment: investing
    • more generic word: finance = the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
    • more specific terms:
  2. money that is invested with an expectation of profit
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of investment: investment funds
    • more generic word: assets = anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
    • more specific words: speculation / venture = an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
  3. the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result
    • examples: this job calls for the investment of some hard thinking | he made an emotional investment in the work
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: commitment / committedness = the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
  4. outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: cutis / skin / tegument = a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
    • more specific word: pellicle = thin protective membrane in some protozoa
  5. the act of putting on robes or vestments
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: dressing / grooming = the activity of getting dressed
  6. the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of investment: investiture
    • more generic word: promotion = act of raising in rank or position

Alternative definition of the noun investment


  1. A placement of capital in expectation of deriving income or profit from its use.
  2. 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.

Specialised definition of the noun investment

Glossary of finance / investment

an instrument such as a certificate of deposit, bond, stock, or real estate that generates profits


"Investment" is a 2012 film directed by Ratnakar Matkari.

Phrases with Investment

Phrases starting with the word Investment:

  1. investment bank
  2. investment firm
  3. investment funds
  4. investment trust
  5. investment banker
  6. investment letter
  7. investment adviser
  8. investment advisor
  9. investment company

Phrases ending with the word Investment:

  1. Ethical Investment
  2. Financial Investment
  3. return on investment
  4. foreign direct investment

Other phrases containing the word Investment:

  1. unit investment trust
  2. fixed investment trust
  3. open-end investment company
  4. Collective Investment Scheme
  5. real estate investment trust
  6. closed-end investment company

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Investment

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Google previewMANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (2012)


Gross investment and net investment Gross investment refers to the total amount of expenditure made on new fixed capital...

In the Keynesian theory of employment and income, investment means net investment and not gross investment.

Google previewPortfolio Management (including Security Analysis) (2007)

by Dr. G. Ramesh Babu

"Plan your work and work your plan " — Napolean Hill Introduction Investment: Investment is an economic activity. It stimulates the...

Google previewFinancial Fragility, Debt and Economic Reforms (2016)

by Sunanda Sen

Investment is an inverse function of the domestic interest rate r, and since r is determined by the world rate, r* (given...

the interest rate equated to the global rate is a money market rate while the rate influencing investment is a long rate and, ...

Google previewIntroduction to Islamic Economics (2014)

Theory and Application by Hossein Askari, Zamir Iqbal, Abbas Mirakhor

Investment is the most volatile component of GDP (in part because of the volatility of interest rates and economic activity in the conventional economic system). Firms and households purchase investment goods; for example, households buy ...

Google previewInternational Politics on the World Stage (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Foreign direct investment is a direct investment into production or business in a country by an individual or company of...

In economics, foreign portfolio investment is the entry of funds into a country where foreigners make purchases in the ...

Google previewThe Foundations of International Investment Law (2014)

Bringing Theory into Practice by Zachary Douglas, Joost Pauwelyn, Jorge E. Viñuales

a case is to be decided under the ICSID Convention the existence of an investment is a jurisdictional requirement under Article 25(1).

Google previewAustralian Superannuation Legislation, 2012, 16th ed

the investment is a deposit and the body...

Google previewBe Smart in Everything That Matters (2014)

Finance, Marriage, Lifestyle and Wellbeing by Aneina Danro

Property investment means you will be putting in a large sum of money, therefore the profit generated from selling it would also be more. One of the drawbacks of property investment is that you need to pay tax, and maintenance needs to be ...

Google previewGlobal Political Economy (2013)

Evolution and Dynamics by Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams

Foreign direct investment refers to investment made outside the home country of the investing company in which control over the resources transferred remains with the investor. It consists of a package of assets and intermediate goods such ...

Google previewHow to Invest Today (1995)

A Beginner's Guide to the World of Investments by Lawrence Lynn

investment is that you will not be able to make your loan payments. “Liquidity risk” is that if you have to sell fast to raise cash, you may be forced to take a hit below current market value. “Interest rate risk” is that if interest rates increase, the ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Multisectoral Dynamic Model (1987)

by Terry Barker

shows, gross investment is an important component of demand, accounting for approximately 17% of domestic final expenditure in 1981. Of this total, approximately 2.6 percentage points represented social-capital formation, ...

Google previewThe Multilingual Dictionary of Stock Exchange and Investment Terms (1998)

by Igor Sharshakov

Investment trust.

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

INVESTMENT ADVISOR INVESTMENT ADVISOR: A person in the business of rendering advice or analysis regarding securities for compensation. Persons meeting this definition must register as advisers with the Securities and Exchange ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

Prior to the offering date, the company (with the help of its legal and accounting advisors, investment bank, and if applicable, venture capital and private equity investors) prepares a prospectus that is sent to the Securities and Exchange ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Supplementary Financial Services The differences between banks, credit unions, savings and loan mutual companies, credit card companies, investment brokerage companies, insurance companies, and other financial management ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1984)

Volume 20 - Ethanol as Fuel: Options: Advantages, and Disadvantages to Exhaust Stacks: Cost by John J. McKetta Jr

These plants had increasingly larger capacity and steadily declining capital investment and production costs per unit of ethylene produced. The price history of butadiene and aromatics followed a similar pattern. The price of propylene. on ...

Google previewDictionary of Asia Pacific Business Terms (2004)

by Chwee Huat Tan

Hong Kong Investment Fund Association The Hong Kong Investment Fund Association (HKIFA) was formed in 1986 as an industry organization to promote Hong Kong as a major fund management centre in Asia. Its members ...

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Quotes about Investment

But a lot of businesses out there don't see the return on investment, they look at it as a liability, and until they can understand that proactive security actually returns, gives them a return on investment, it's still a hard sell for people. (Kevin Mitnick)
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Scrabble value of I1N1V4E1S1T1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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