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


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

Origin of leverage

First recorded in 1715–25; lever + -age


non·lev·er·aged, adjectiveun·lev·er·aged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for leverage

/ (ˈliːvərɪdʒ, -vrɪdʒ, ˈlɛv-) /


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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Cultural 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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