• IPA: /ɪnˈvɛstmənt/, /ɪnˈvɛsmənt/


  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.
    Antonyms: divestment
    • An investment in ink, paper, and steel pens.
  3. (obsolete) A vestment.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      Whose white investments figure innocence.
  4. (military) 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.
  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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