lev·​er·​aged ˈle-və-rijd How to pronounce leveraged (audio)
: having a high proportion of debt relative to equity
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 Private equity firms often take on excessive debt for leveraged buyouts, but this can lead cash to be diverted to interest payments instead of operational needs, PESP reported. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2024 Malcolm Glazer bought Manchester United in a 2005 leveraged buyout that saddled it with massive debts, and the family has faced distrust from hardcore supporters ever since. Giles Turner, Fortune Europe, 25 Dec. 2023 Any deal would come during an extreme slowdown in private-equity dealmaking, including in large leveraged buyouts. Laura Cooper, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2023 Today, the term conjures other images: An obscure, tax-exempt industry that is fueled by the public’s frustration with the Department of Veteran Affairs and is leveraged to favor the elite within the armed forces. Bypat Gault, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 As a result Pure Alpha’s leveraged version shot up 8% in January, a roughly $5 billion haul that was already more than double what the fund had made the previous year. Rob Copeland, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Since 1948, government officials and military leaders have leveraged media, birthright trips, and force to garner widespread support for their vision for the state of Israel. Brea Baker, refinery29.com, 6 Nov. 2023 Photo: Smith Goffman Partners Pioneering bankruptcy lawyer Jay Goffman is starting a new advisory firm with Steve Smith, a former head of restructuring and leveraged finance at investment bank UBS , that will offer merchant-banking services and restructuring advice for business owners. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 Much of the demand likely has something to do with what's known as the basis trade, a leveraged bet in short-term Treasury markets that has raised concerns among policymakers. WSJ, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leveraged was in 1953

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“Leveraged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leveraged. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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