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leverage

noun [U]  /ˈlev·ər·ɪdʒ, ˈli·vər-/ us  
the power to influence results: financial/political leverage The US has very little leverage in that part of the world.

leverage

verb [T]  /ˈlev·ə·rɪdʒ, ˈli·və-/ us  
to use borrowed money for investments, esp. in order to buy a large enough part of a business so that you can control it: They can leverage a very small investment into millions of dollars.
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