le·​ver·​age | \ ˈle-və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio) , ˈlē-; ˈlev-rij, ˈlēv- \

Definition of leverage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of a lever or the mechanical advantage gained by it
2 : power, effectiveness trying to gain more political leverage
3 : the use of credit to enhance one's speculative capacity


leveraged; leveraging

Definition of leverage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide (something, such as a corporation) or supplement (something, such as money) with leverage also : to enhance as if by supplying with financial leverage
2 : to use for gain : exploit shamelessly leverage the system to their advantage— Alexander Wolff

Examples of leverage in a Sentence

Noun The union's size gave it leverage in the labor contract negotiations. The player's popularity has given him a great deal of leverage with the owners of the team. I used the leverage of the bar and a wooden block to pry the rock out of the hole. Verb The company wants to leverage its brands more effectively. a reality show contestant who's trying to leverage her 15 minutes of fame
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The threat of a partner nation abusing an interconnector for political leverage is, for now, also off the table, because HVDC systems work more like streams than taps. WIRED, 23 Sep. 2022 Their players’ medical records are a tempting target for opponents—or gamblers—looking for leverage, while their on-field signs can be stolen with real-time ultrasharp video. Dan Weil, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Their findings pointed to an opportunity for leverage in solar mini-grids, which can provide refugees with electricity access. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Many in America believe Griner’s celebrity is being used against her by Russia for political leverage, in hopes of easing Western sanctions against that government following the invasion of Ukraine. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2022 The Arizona president was ranked high for boardroom clout and passion level and medium for football leverage. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 The pan was heavy, had a long handle for leverage, and was made of a totally different material. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 8 July 2022 For leverage, his colleague broke up an end table, only for the concrete to wobble back toward Jonah’s skull. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 That’s been happening at the same time that agricultural interests have more labor leverage, using more workers with temporary visas who can be ousted from both jobs and the country with almost no protections. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Additionally, Walgreens would be looking for someone who can leverage data analytics and drive efficiency in supply chain and other areas, as well as the traditional CIO skill set of overseeing operations and infrastructure, according to Mr. Groce. Isabelle Bousquette, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Firms need to innovate faster, deploy low-code/no-code solutions, and leverage the cloud to create better experiences for their employees and customers. Joe Atkinson, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2022 Now a couple of months after, Wolford was trying to leverage that connection and persuade Formby over text messages to make the trip from Tuscaloosa to Lexington. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2022 The key to making these benefits effective is to encourage people to leverage these opportunities and ensure the company culture honors those who do. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Here are three basic guidelines to leverage your cannabis product packaging and set yourself apart in the market: 1. Dan Serard, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 2022 Majestic said Quicken Steel’s business can leverage the larger company’s footprint and use it to scale. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 14 July 2022 Fourth, create an enterprise program playbook to leverage a successful use case and establish a repeatable process to scale to other sites. Ptc, Quartz, 27 June 2022 Ziwe, age 30 and Nigerian American, is part of a recent wave of young comedians of color to acquire popularity first through social media and then leverage that newfound fame to land broadcasting deals. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leverage


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leverage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leverage. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for leverage


le·​ver·​age | \ ˈle-vrij, -və-rij How to pronounce leverage (audio) \

Legal Definition of leverage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the use of credit to enhance one's speculative capacity


transitive verb
leveraged; leveraging

Legal Definition of leverage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide (as a corporation) or supplement (as money) with leverage

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