[ dee-lev-er-ij, ‐lee-ver‐ ]
/ diˈlɛv ər ɪdʒ, ‐li vər‐ /

verb (used without object), de·lev·er·aged, de·lev·er·ag·ing.

to decrease financial leverage by paying off debt: Their balance sheet significantly improved after they deleveraged.

verb (used with object), de·lev·er·aged, de·lev·er·ag·ing.

to reduce the debt of: He drastically deleveraged the company to make it profitable.


an instance of this: The economic crisis has forced a deleverage. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deleverage


/ (diːˈlɛvərɪdʒ, -vrɪdʒ) /


finance (of an organization) to reduce the ratio of debt capital to equity capital
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