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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Meruelo told the Los Angeles Times that the deal was too highly leveraged and that he was asked to pay more than originally asked. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Alex Meruelo close to purchasing majority share of Arizona Coyotes," 10 June 2019 From there it leveraged Google Maps information, displaying nearby attractions, things to do, and other planning information. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "This week’s dead Google product is Google Trips, may it rest in peace," 6 June 2019 Last year the over-leveraged hospitals declared bankruptcy, jeopardizing pensions for thousands of workers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Making of Kamala Harris," 22 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of leveraged

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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