lev·er·aged | \ˈle-və-rijd, 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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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 Like everything that’s been leveraged for votes or ratings (school shootings, gender-neutral bathrooms, talk-show insults), the issues surrounding immigration policy reform are often reduced to red state/blue state rallying cries. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "How TV sounds and images of migrant children overrode the pundits and changed the immigration debate," 21 June 2018 The company has also been focusing on initial public offerings and helping private equity firms with leveraged buyouts. Sonali Basak, Bloomberg.com, "Top UBS Banker Has ‘Very Aggressive Plan for U.S.’," 5 Apr. 2018 Sylvia Jablonski, head of capital markets and institutional strategy at asset manager Direxion, which offers 76 inverse or leveraged ETFs, points out that typical holding periods are short for such products. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 Morgan Stanley, which had helped broker Fort Howard’s deals, swept in and snatched the company for $3.9 billion in one of those famed leveraged buyouts. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Disposable America," 21 June 2018 Cash Heavy Animal spirits are returning to the leveraged-buyout business, and that is helping fuel a historic rise in merger activity. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 14 June 2018 Another ad targeting African-Americans on Instagram leveraged news reports of an anti-Beyoncé rally — a viral stunt that wound up being attended by just two people — to push a pro-Beyoncé rally at the same location on Park Avenue in New York. NBC News, "Sean Hannity, Black Lives Matter among targets of Russian influence campaign, disclosures show," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of leveraged

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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