leak·​age | \ ˈlē-kij How to pronounce leakage (audio) \

Definition of leakage

1a : the act or process or an instance of leaking
b : loss of electricity especially due to faulty insulation
2 : something or the amount that leaks

Examples of leakage in a Sentence

trying to prevent accidental leakages Leakages of about 30 percent were reported. taking steps to prevent leakage of confidential information
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When the government spends, most of the money ends up in the hands of the people, but there are leakages on the way—to international markets, most significantly. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The Economist Who Believes the Government Should Just Print More Money," 20 Aug. 2019 There was no leakage of the fuel load from the tractor-trailer. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Trucker was ‘distracted by electronic device’ in crash that killed Auburn University student, indictment states," 7 Aug. 2019 Water Turn the water off if there is obvious leakage, or if there’s a chance water lines are damaged, which could allow contamination. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Reminder: Here’s a guide to earthquake preparedness," 12 July 2019 The flows raise the stakes for a community that's already struggled with nearly a month of mandatory evacuations prompted by leakage from the Kilauea volcano further inland. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "New evacuations ordered as fast-flowing Hawaii lava blocks major volcano escape route," 30 May 2018 The leakage forced Suen to close the doors to Biscuits and Blues in April. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "One of San Francisco’s last blues venues faces closure as it battles Jack in the Box," 3 Aug. 2019 Two of Harare’s four reservoirs are empty from lack of rain, but between 45 and 60 percent of the water that’s left is lost through leakage and theft, said Herbert Gomba, the mayor of Harare. New York Times, "In Zimbabwe, the Water Taps Run Dry and Worsen ‘a Nightmare’," 31 July 2019 Other countries suffering tax leakage will be looking more closely at this procedure. The Economist, "Will America go from hunter to hunted in cross-border tax evasion?," 25 July 2019 The leakage apparently occurred during pre-test processing. William Harwood, CBS News, "Explosion that destroyed SpaceX Crew Dragon is blamed on leaking valve," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of leakage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Financial Definition of leakage

What It Is

Leakage occurs when money leaves an economy. In the investor relations world, leakage also refers to the unauthorized or unanticipated dissemination of information.

How It Works

Let's say interest rates in Country X suddenly surpass interest rates in Country Y. Money begins to leak out of Country X and into Country Y as investors seek higher returns for the same amount of risk.

Why It Matters

Leakage can have many forms; interest rates are just one way for money to leak out of an economy. High taxes can have the same effect, as can excessive saving or higher interest in purchasing imported goods. In any case, the exit of money from an economy means the businesses in those economies must look for other forms of revenue. The shortage of capital can spur governments to stimulate the economy as a result.

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English Language Learners Definition of leakage

: an occurrence in which something (such as a liquid or gas) passes through a hole in a surface
: the amount that is lost when something leaks
: an occurrence in which secret information becomes known


leak·​age | \ ˈlē-kij How to pronounce leakage (audio) \

Kids Definition of leakage

: the act or process of entering or escaping through a crack or hole : leak leakage of water

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