Etymology
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investment (n.)

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); from invest + -ment.

Commercial sense of "an investing of money or capital" is from 1610s, originally in reference to 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 invested." For evolution of the commercial senses, see invest.

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Definitions of investment

investment (n.)
the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit;
Synonyms: investing
investment (n.)
money that is invested with an expectation of profit;
Synonyms: investment funds
investment (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
investment (n.)
outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism;
investment (n.)
the act of putting on robes or vestments;
investment (n.)
the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank;
Synonyms: investiture
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