• IPA: /ˈlɛv(ə)ɹɪdʒ/, /ˈliːv(ə)ɹɪdʒ/

leverage (uncountable)

  1. A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
    A crowbar uses leverage to pry nails out of wood.
  2. By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
    Try using competitors’ prices for leverage in the negotiation.
  3. (finance) The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk.
    Leverage is great until something goes wrong with your investments and you still have to pay your debts.
  4. (business) The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.
    Their variable-cost-reducing investments have dramatically increased their leverage.
  • (force compounded by a lever) mechanical advantage
  • (use of borrowed fund) financial leverage
  • (ability to earn high returns from high capacity utilization) operating leverage
  • German: Hebelwirkung, Hebel, Hebelkraft
  • Italian: potenza, leveraggio, leva
  • Portuguese: alavancagem
  • Russian: рыча́г
  • Spanish: palanca, palanqueo, apalancamiento
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  • French: effet de levier
  • German: Fremdfinanzierungsgrad, Fremdkapitalaufnahme, Verschuldungsgrad, Hebelwirkung
  • Portuguese: alavancagem
  • Spanish: apalancamiento
  • German: Hebelwirkung, Hebel

leverage (leverages, present participle leveraging; past and past participle leveraged)

  1. (transitive, chiefly, US, slang, business) To use; to exploit; to manipulate in order to take full advantage (of something).
    They plan to leverage the publicity into a good distribution agreement.
    They plan to leverage off the publicity to get a good distribution agreement.
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