leverage

noun
le·​ver·​age | \ ˈle-və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio) , ˈlē-; ˈlev-rij, ˈlēv- \

Definition of leverage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb
leveraged; leveraging

Definition of leverage (Entry 2 of 2)

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 advantage— Alexander Wolff

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Issuers have also used some of the cash to extend maturities, a credit positive in some cases even if leverage -- a key measure of debt-to earnings -- is rising. Lara Wieczezynski, Bloomberg.com, "Private Equity Using Loans for Payouts at Fastest Pace in Years," 18 Sep. 2020 With his soon-to-be business partner Jonathan Bristow, Williams set out to found Orchestrate Tech with the goal of simplifying how businesses were able to interact with and leverage technology. Duard Headley, The Enquirer, "Entrepreneur Vincent Williams: Interested in solving people’s problems," 18 Sep. 2020 To be successful and efficiently leverage capabilities for vaccine distribution and administration requires partnerships with both distributors of medical goods, as HHS recently announced, and with health care and pharmacy providers. Luciana Borio, STAT, "A vaccine alone won’t stop Covid-19. We also need a trusted plan for it," 17 Sep. 2020 What each party wants would produce bad healthcare for America but the hybrid, or Purple Solution, will empower the American healthcare consumer and leverage powerful and exciting healthcare innovations. Daniel Sem, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Coronavirus is breaking America’s healthcare delivery system. That’s a good thing," 17 Sep. 2020 More diplomatic leverage is needed from all sides — particularly from the U.S. on Israel, and the Gulf nations on Palestine. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Abraham Accords mark a Mideast milestone," 17 Sep. 2020 The threat of losing such incredible leverage, perhaps, is one reason that public schools and their teachers’ unions so vociferously oppose school choice. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Welcome to Virtual Kindergarten," 17 Sep. 2020 But Palestinians see their neighbors discarding significant leverage in the pursuit of those goals. Washington Post, "The Arab tide turns against the Palestinians," 14 Sep. 2020 The Northshore Community Foundation was started 13 years ago as a way to leverage generosity by uniting human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life on the north shore. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Cleaning up Mandeville, going back to the theater and more," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the next four years—the last years of his life, and the period Zipp focuses on in The Idealist—Willkie would leverage his celebrity to advance the cause of internationalism. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, "Wendell Willkie’s World Without Borders," 22 Sep. 2020 Once the student saw evidence in the transcripts for his capacity for unique ideas and analysis, his intellectual pride grew, and Moore could leverage it to teach him grammar and composition. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "What Is Good Teaching?," 16 Sep. 2020 Windows users can leverage the Cortana assistant, while Mac users can enable speech-to-text in the Dictation pane of Keyboard preferences. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "4 annoying things you're still doing wrong with email: Stop writing in all caps and other tips for better messages," 13 Sep. 2020 Rather, each company must leverage its own unique purpose and strengths to make a meaningful contribution. Fortune, "I’m a Black Fortune 500 CEO. Here are 4 principles to guide companies in combating systemic racism," 31 Aug. 2020 The company’s pandemic tools provided a way to leverage its existing database of student information to help contain coronavirus. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Big Tech Companies Want to Help Get You Back in the Office," 3 Sep. 2020 Regarding architecture, why not leverage it for textural variety too? House Beautiful, "How to Add Texture to Your Home That’s Sexy and Practical," 31 Aug. 2020 To cope, logistics firms need to leverage advanced technology to be as agile as possible and quickly adapt to shifting market conditions, according to a recent report by the International Finance Corp., an investment arm of the World Bank Group. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Logistics Firms Fast-Track Cloud, AI Projects After Covid-19 Lays Bare Supply-Chain Gaps," 7 Aug. 2020 That would also give historically Black schools leverage in negotiating more lucrative broadcasting contracts. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Makur Maker spurned top college hoops programs to play at a historically Black school," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of leverage

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leverage was in 1830

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Last Updated

24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leverage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leverage. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for leverage

leverage

noun
How to pronounce leverage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of leverage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: influence or power used to achieve a desired result
: the increase in force gained by using a lever

leverage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of leverage (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : to use (something valuable) to achieve a desired result

leverage

noun
le·​ver·​age | \ ˈle-vrij, -və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio) \

Legal Definition of leverage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the use of credit to enhance one's speculative capacity
leveraged; leveraging

Legal Definition of leverage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide (as a corporation) or supplement (as money) with leverage

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