- 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 leveraging
It's leveraging its user base to make it more the algorithm more intelligent.Amiigo Tracker Pairs Data With Deadlifts
August 4, 2014
Zelaya's ouster was controversial, and his supporters counted on leveraging his image as a coup victim into a sympathy vote.Honduras Presidential Election Passes Over Chavez Loyalists
November 27, 2013
Unashamed about his wealth—made from sweat not speculation, he claimed—he worked at leveraging fortune into celebrity.The Rise And Fall Of Brazilian Billionaire Eike Batista
November 9, 2013
Advertisers—and the weather sites—are leveraging the obsession.It’s Not a Storm Until the Weather Channel Names It
March 7, 2013
Obama is leveraging this to its maximum potential, even more than in 2008.Obama’s Last-Minute Twitter Surge
November 6, 2012
- 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 leveraging
The amount in which a purchase is paid for in borrowed money. The greater the leverage, the greater the possible gain or potential loss.