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Webster 1913 Edition


Investment

In-vest′ment

,
Noun.
1.
The act of investing, or the state of being invested.
2.
That with which anyone is invested; a vestment.
Whose white
investments
figure innocence.
Shakespeare
3.
(Mil.)
The act of surrounding, blocking up, or besieging by an armed force, or the state of being so surrounded.
The capitulation was signed by the commander of the fort within six days after its
investments
.
Marshall.
4.
The laying out of money in the purchase of some species of property; also, the amount of money invested, or that in which money is invested.
Before the
investment
could be made, a change of the market might render it ineligible.
A. Hamilton.
An
investment
in ink, paper, and steel pens.
Hawthorne.

Webster 1828 Edition


Investment

INVEST'MENT

,
Noun.
The action of investing.
1.
Clothes; dress; garment; habit. [We now use vestment.]
2.
The act of surrounding, blocking up or besieging by an armed force.
The capitulation was signed by the commander of the fort, within six days after its investment.
3.
The laying out of money in the purchase of some species
of property; literally, the clothing of money with something.
Before the investment could be made, a change of the market might render it ineligible.

Definition 2022


investment

investment

English

Noun

investment (plural investments)

  1. The act of investing, or state of being invested.
  2. (finance) A placement of capital in expectation of deriving income or profit from its use or appreciation.
    • A. Hamilton
      An investment in ink, paper, and steel pens.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. [] The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
  3. That with which anyone is invested; a vestment.
  4. (military) The act of surrounding, blocking up, or besieging by an armed force, or the state of being so surrounded.
    • Marshall
      The capitulation was signed by the commander of the fort within six days after its investments.
  5. 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.

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