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The placement of a particular sum of money in business ventures, real estate, or Securities of a permanent nature so that it will produce an income.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. the money put into use for profit, or the property or business interest purchased for profit. (See: invest)

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the process by which funds are deployed with the object of producing gain, either in the form of income or addition to capital.
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Mr Baptist, sole lodger of Mr and Mrs Plornish was reputed in whispers to lay by the savings which were the result of his simple and moderate life, for investment in one of Mr Merdle's certain enterprises.
The business was established and had old roots; is it not one thing to set up a new gin-palace and another to accept an investment in an old one?
His last investment, made shortly before the birth of Miranda (named in a lively hope of favors which never came), was a small farm two miles from Temperance.
"The Rockefellers went into gas and electricity when those industries had developed to the safe investment stage.
It was money lent at a thousand per cent., which, as nobody will deny, was a very handsome investment.
Legitimate investment had no place in Daylight's play.
Neck-or-nothing--and that for the Funds!' She snapped her fingers to express her contempt for security of investment at three per cent.
The question of investment was one that occupied her greatly.
It was a sort of investment of good works, which he was effecting in the name of his young brother; it was a stock of good works which he wished to amass in advance for him, in case the little rogue should some day find himself short of that coin, the only sort which is received at the toll-bar of paradise.
Theodore Vail was given a banquet by his old-time friends in the Washington postal service, and toasted as "the Monte Cristo of the Telephone." It was said that the actual cost of the Bell plant was only one-twenty-fifth of its capital, and that every four cents of investment had thus become a dollar.
You'd have to set the lawyer to work now to find an investment, and make no end o' expense."
So Jo was satisfied with the investment of her prize money, and fell to work with a cheery spirit, bent on earning more of those delightful checks.

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