leverage

1 of 2

noun

le·​ver·​age ˈle-və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio)
ˈlē-;
ˈlev-rij,
ˈlēv-
1
: the action of a lever or the mechanical advantage gained by it
2
: power, effectiveness
trying to gain more political leverage
3
: the use of credit to enhance one's speculative capacity

leverage

2 of 2

verb

leveraged; leveraging

transitive verb

1
: to provide (something, such as a corporation) or supplement (something, such as money) with leverage
also : to enhance as if by supplying with financial leverage
2
: to use for gain : exploit
shamelessly leverage the system to their advantageAlexander Wolff

Examples of leverage in a Sentence

Noun The union's size gave it leverage in the labor contract negotiations. The player's popularity has given him a great deal of leverage with the owners of the team. I used the leverage of the bar and a wooden block to pry the rock out of the hole. Verb The company wants to leverage its brands more effectively. a reality show contestant who's trying to leverage her 15 minutes of fame
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As of March 31, FIS debt stood at $11.2 billion while its leverage ratio was about 2.7 times, a spokesman said. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 15 May 2024 Of course, the team entered its relationship with Ohtani with more leverage than the Angels ever had. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for leverage 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of leverage was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Leverage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leverage. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

leverage

noun
le·​ver·​age
ˈlev-(ə-)rij,
ˈlēv-
: the action of a lever or the increase in force gained by using a lever

Legal Definition

leverage

1 of 2 noun
le·​ver·​age ˈle-vrij, -və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio)
: the use of credit to enhance one's speculative capacity

leverage

2 of 2 transitive verb
leveraged; leveraging
: to provide (as a corporation) or supplement (as money) with leverage

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