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 Organizations around the world leverage SaaS applications to drive business enablement. Adam Gavish, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 In a move that was harshly criticized, Pompeo and Khalilzad relinquished the most significant leverage that the Trump Administration held—the presence of U.S. ground troops—without securing a broad peace agreement in the country. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021 How do astronauts get leverage when screwing things in? Mike Rose, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 Fernandez is a lefthander who redirects opponent’s shots swiftly and seemingly with ease, sometimes dropping to a knee near the baseline to get the proper leverage. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Large corporations such as Gallo and Constellation acquire numerous wineries and create a false sense of competition while wielding market leverage because of their size. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 As the Taliban swept to power last month, the United States swiftly acted to maintain as much leverage as possible. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 This American delusion turns climate change into a major source of strategic leverage for Beijing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 At least superficially, eliminating ground stations eliminates these countries’ political leverage. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mathematician in Moses regarded democracy as a test that required political experimentation, strategic flexibility and the ability to leverage grassroots ambitions in service of national change. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 28 July 2021 Program support is needed to leverage resources and be responsive to clients' hygiene needs. The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 Smart City was one of the first apartment locating companies to successfully leverage viral social media marketing in the rental space in the mid-2010s. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 7 July 2021 Companies that are ready to leverage these trends in their experience design will be better equipped to provide a more ideal user journey. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 July 2021 As the code used in the Exchange Server attacks was made public, security experts and U.S. officials urgently warned that criminals would leverage that code in a second massive wave of cyberattacks. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 The pandemic has led to more focus on producing vaccines and medicines domestically, however, and industry-watchers anticipate that Big Pharma may continue to leverage CDMO capacity in response to pressure to produce vaccines in-country. Fortune, 3 Mar. 2021 Administration officials reject the idea that Sisi will be able to leverage his usefulness in Hamas negotiations to thwart their concern about human rights. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 The plan is for the greeting card company to be able to leverage Roc’s music client roster to create a line of products in what’s being describe as a first-of-its-kind partnership with a music company. Dan Rys, Billboard, 13 May 2021

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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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“Leverage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leverage. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for leverage

leverage

noun

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)

: 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

leverage

transitive verb
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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