[lev-er-ij, lee-ver-]


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

Origin of leverage

First recorded in 1715–25; lever + -age
Related formsnon·lev·er·aged, adjectiveun·lev·er·aged, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of leverage

Historical Examples of leverage

  • When these had been fastened together and set up, and the leverage wheel removed, they went away.

  • Against the leverage of those powerful hind legs he could do nothing.

  • This means an increased leverage, so that the longer the screwdriver, the greater the leverage.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • With regard to leverage, there is a practical unanimity of opinion amongst modern oarsmen.


    Rudolf Chambers Lehmann

  • The leverage was very great, but Rance brought the boat about and headed her for the town nearly three miles away.

British Dictionary definitions for leverage



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
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Word Origin and History for leverage

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


The amount in which a purchase is paid for in borrowed money. The greater the leverage, the greater the possible gain or potential loss.

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