An investor is someone who provides (or invests) money or resources for an enterprise, such as a corporation, with the expectation of financial or other gain.

We usually hear about an investor in a business context, but when someone invests things like time or labor in a project or idea they, too, are investors of a sort. The "return on investment" in these cases, however, is often a little less tangible than money. Someone who volunteers to help build houses is an investor in their community. Someone who spends time helping a child with homework is an investor in that child's future.

Definitions of investor

n someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns

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an investor who deliberately decides to go against the prevailing wisdom of other investors
an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
a holder of bonds issued by a government or corporation
an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
an investor who buys a call option
a person who has deposited money in a bank or similar institution
lender, loaner
someone who lends money or gives credit in business matters
someone whose income is from property rents or bond interest and other investments
shareholder, shareowner, stockholder
someone who holds shares of stock in a corporation
a person who lends money at interest in exchange for personal property that is deposited as security
stockholder of record
the stockholder whose name is registered on the books of the corporation as owning the shares at a particular time
loan shark, moneylender, shylock, usurer
someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
a depositor who withdraws funds previously deposited
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a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)

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