- the action of a lever, a rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third.
- the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.
- power or ability to act or to influence people, events, decisions, etc.; sway: Being the only industry in town gave the company considerable leverage in its union negotiations.
- the use of a small initial investment, credit, or borrowed funds to gain a very high return in relation to one's investment, to control a much larger investment, or to reduce one's own liability for any loss.
- to use (a quality or advantage) to obtain a desired effect or result: She was able to leverage her travel experience and her gift for languages to get a job as a translator.
- to provide with leverage: The board of directors plans to leverage two failing branches of the company with an influx of cash.
- to invest or arrange (invested funds) using leverage.
- to exert power or influence on: It was Joe who leveraged her to change her habits.
Origin of leverage
Examples from the Web for leverage
However you decide to vote in the end, I thank those who continue to give us leverage to improve the bill.Nancy Pelosi Plays Hardball On Cromnibus
December 11, 2014
Now, the key is to hold on to that sentiment and use the popular support as leverage.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
That they will leverage their voices and their power to make real change to improve gender diversity.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
It would support efforts to “onshore” production and leverage private capital to modernize transport and other public systems.How Democrats Can Recover
November 9, 2014
Instead of bombing Syria, we should leverage our military support—much like in Iraq—to encourage an end to the regime.Why Airstrikes in Syria Won't Work
Rep. Adam Schiff
September 4, 2014
This gives it leverage, or focus for the outworking of its forces.Understanding the Scriptures
If it is too high, it gives the wind a very dangerous degree of leverage.All Afloat
In that way he gets a little more "leverage," as it is called.The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two
Prince Sarath Ghosh
But he found this impossible to accomplish; he could secure no leverage on the instrument.Chasing an Iron Horse
All the power and leverage he could bring to bear was useless.The Bramble Bush
Gordon Randall Garrett
- the action of a lever
- the mechanical advantage gained by employing a lever
- power to accomplish something; strategic advantage
- the enhanced power available to a large companythe supermarket chains have greater leverage than single-outlet enterprises
- US word for gearing (def. 3)
- the use made by a company of its limited assets to guarantee the substantial loans required to finance its business
Word Origin and History for leverage
The amount in which a purchase is paid for in borrowed money. The greater the leverage, the greater the possible gain or potential loss.