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leverage

[ lev-er-ij, lee-ver- ]
/ ˈlɛv ər ɪdʒ, ˈli vər- /
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noun

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

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RELATED WORDS

weight, advantage, clout, pull, grease, power, authority, break, drag, edge, rank, ascendancy, suction

Nearby words

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Origin of leverage

First recorded in 1715–25; lever + -age
Related formsnon·lev·er·aged, adjectiveun·lev·er·aged, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for leverage

leverage

/ (ˈliːvərɪdʒ, -vrɪdʒ, ˈlɛv-) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for leverage

leverage


n.

1724, "action of a lever," from lever (n.) + -age. Meaning "power or force of a lever" is from 1827; figurative sense from 1858. The financial sense is attested by 1933, American English; as a verb by 1956. Related: Leveraged; leverages; leveraging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for leverage

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.