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    Can "investment" be used figuratively? "Getting a good education is an investment in the future."?

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    Re: figuratively

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    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.

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    Re: figuratively

    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.”

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    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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