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

Examples of leveraged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Companies and their apps are also subject to a variety of banking registration and accreditation processes in most places where open banking is leveraged. Vince Padua, Forbes, "Open Banking Is Now Essential Banking: A New Decade’s Global Pressures And Best Responses, Part Two," 4 Mar. 2021 Pozsar notes that the jump in yields has provided an opportunity for some value investors to swoop in and pick up extra yield, effectively helping offset the impact of the leveraged investors who scrambled for the exits last week. Fortune, "Wall Street still puzzling over why the $21 trillion Treasuries market went haywire last week," 3 Mar. 2021 Chinese households are now far more heavily leveraged than other East Asian economies at a similar stage of development, and debt is largely concentrated in real estate. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Empire of Concrete," 28 Dec. 2020 Even the sleepy and often overlooked city Office of Community Technology can — and should — be leveraged to help shrink a digital divide that remains in Portland, Rubio said. oregonlive, "Carmen Rubio, Portland’s 1st Latinx City Commissioner and proven bridge-builder, takes office," 5 Jan. 2021 But the issue is of special importance in Korea, where high private debt is starting to raise the risk of a Japan-style balance sheet recession, where multiple heavily leveraged sectors of the economy attempt to pay down debts at the same time. Mike Bird, WSJ, "South Korea’s Zombie Companies Are Scarier Than the Movies," 17 Dec. 2020 In leveraged finance, a surge of sales may kick off this week ahead of Thanksgiving Day in late November, market participants said. David Caleb Mutua, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Corporate Bond Sellers Are Preparing an Onslaught of Deals," 8 Nov. 2020 In 2020, many of their industries were hit hard by the pandemic and leveraged TikTok to promote fund-raising and relief efforts. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "This Is Why You Heard About TikTok So Much in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Technology could also be leveraged to the benefit of migrant workers and their families. CNN, "As Covid-19 rages on, countries need to support migrant workers," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of leveraged

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Mar 2021

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“Leveraged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leveraged. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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