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"lever" in British English

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levernoun [C]

uk   /ˈliː.vər/  us /ˈlev.ɚ/
  • lever noun [C] (BAR/HANDLE)

a ​bar or ​handle that ​moves around a ​fixedpoint, so that one end of it can be ​pushed or ​pulled in ​order to ​control the ​operation of a ​machine or ​move a ​heavy or ​stiffobject
lever
verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   us  
She levered up the ​draincover.
(Definition of lever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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levernoun [C]

 us   /ˈlev·ər, ˈli·vər/
a ​handle that you move to ​control the ​operation of a ​machine: He ​pushed the lever into the "on" ​position and ​started the ​machine. physics A lever is also a ​bar, ​moving over a ​fixedpoint, that when ​pressed down at one end can move or ​lift something at the other end.
(Definition of lever from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lever" in Business English

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levernoun [C]

uk   /ˈliːvər/  us   /ˈlevər/
a ​bar or ​handle which ​moves around a ​fixedpoint, so that one end of it can be ​pushed or ​pulled in ​order to ​control a ​machine or ​move a ​heavyobject: Lower the lever to ​lock the ​machine into ​place.
ECONOMICS, POLITICS, FINANCE something you use to ​try to persuade someone to do what you want or to get the ​result you want: Using ​trade or other ​economictools as a lever of diplomacy is not new.a lever for (doing) sth If your ​mortgageoffer is less than you wanted, it may be a useful lever for getting the ​price of the ​house down.

leververb [T]

uk   /ˈliːvər/  us   /ˈlevər/
to ​try to persuade someone to do what you want, or ​try to get a particular ​result: lever sb into (doing) sth But the ​government has not ​allowed the ​market to lever ​employers into that ​position.
(Definition of lever from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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