You are making an investment when you put money into a business with the hopes that the business will grow and bring you a profit. Many consider a college education one of the best investments you can make.

Besides money, you can put time, effort or emotional support into something and also call it an investment. Volunteering in an organization requires an investment of time and energy. You may hear someone say, "We must make an investment in the future of our children," when he or she is pleading for fiscal responsibility, education, environmental protection or some other cause that will affect the success of future generations.

Primary Meanings of investment

the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
the act of putting on robes or vestments
Full Definitions of investment

n the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit

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a kind of hedged investment meant to capture slight differences in price; when there is a difference in the price of something on two different markets the arbitrageur simultaneously buys at the lower price and sells at the higher price
foreign direct investment
investing in United States businesses by foreign citizens (often involves stock ownership of the business)
leverage, leveraging
investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)
risk arbitrage, takeover arbitrage
arbitrage involving risk; as in the simultaneous purchase of stock in a target company and sale of stock in its potential acquirer; if the takeover fails the arbitrageur may lose a great deal of money
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the commercial activity of providing funds and capital

n money that is invested with an expectation of profit

investment funds
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speculation, venture
an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
money that is risked for possible monetary gain
smart money
money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information)
(stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases
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anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

n the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result

“this job calls for the investment of some hard thinking”
“he made an emotional investment in the work”
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commitment, committedness
the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose

n the act of putting on robes or vestments

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dressing, grooming
the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes

n the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank

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act of raising in rank or position

n outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism

thin protective membrane in some protozoa
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cutis, skin, tegument
a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

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