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Can "investment" be used figuratively? "Getting a good education is an investment in the future."?
"Getting a good education is an investment in the future." This is fine. I don't think it's a figurative use of "investment" though. We can invest time and effort in something, not just money.
Originally Posted by ostap77
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); commercial sense is from 1610s, originally of the finances of the East India Company; general use is from 1740 in the general sense of “conversion of money to property in hopes of profit,” and by 1837 in the sense “amount of money so invested; property viewed as a vehicle for profit.”
Online Etymology Dictionary
My dictionary (Macmillan) does not consider "investment" in your sentence to be figurative. It has listed 4 meanings for "investment" of which the fourth one is realted to time, effort, etc. .
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