lev·​er·​aged | \ ˈle-və-rijd How to pronounce leveraged (audio) , ˈlē-; ˈlev-rijd, ˈlēv-\

Definition of leveraged

1 : having a high proportion of debt relative to equity
2 of the purchase of a company : made with borrowed money that is secured by the assets of the company bought a leveraged buyout

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The Swiss bank in December dismissed James Boland, who ran its leveraged-finance group in the Americas, and a lieutenant. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "UBS Fired Senior Investment Banker Over Buyout Loan," 9 Apr. 2019 Many companies haven’t been seriously affected by this change, but highly leveraged companies can feel a pinch. Theo Francis, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: What Investors Need to Know," 15 Feb. 2019 Recent shifts have already dealt a blow to highly-leveraged companies and emerging markets, partly because the Fed’s decisions pushed up the dollar. Enda Curran, Bloomberg.com, "Easy Money Era Endures Even as Central Banks Unwind Stimulus," 17 June 2018 The deal would have been one of the largest leveraged buyouts in recent years. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Arconic Scuttles Deal to Sell to Apollo Global," 22 Jan. 2019 But the bank is more reliant than most on the booming leveraged loan markets that are attracting concerns from regulators. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "New Credit Suisse Still Hasn’t Escaped Market Swings," 1 Nov. 2018 The retailer’s debt load stemmed from its 2005 leveraged buyout. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Toys ‘R’ Us Reaches Settlement With Creditors, Vendors," 18 July 2018 Those in the industry point out that not all leveraged products are duds. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 Highly Leveraged Four years after exiting its international bailout, Portugal is still one of the most leveraged economies in the European Union, with private debt hovering above 170 percent of gross domestic product. Anabela Reis, Bloomberg.com, "Small Portuguese Firms Are Starting a New Trend," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of leveraged

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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