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leveragenoun [U]

uk   /ˈliː.vər.ɪdʒ/  us   /ˈlev.ɚ.ɪdʒ/
  • leverage noun [U] (ACTION)

the ​action or ​advantage of using a ​lever: Using ​ropes and ​woodenpoles for leverage, they ​haulsacks of ​cement up the ​track.
  • leverage noun [U] (BUSINESS)

specialized finance & economics the ​relationship between the ​amount of ​money that a ​companyowes to ​banks and the ​value of the ​company specialized finance & economics the ​act of using ​borrowedmoney to ​buy an ​investment or a ​company: With leverage, the investor's $100,000 ​buys $500,000 or more of ​stock if he ​wants.
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leverageverb [T]

uk   /ˈliː.vər.ɪdʒ/  us   /ˈlev.ɚ.ɪdʒ/
  • leverage verb [T] (USE)

to use something that you already have in ​order to ​achieve something new or ​better: We can ​gain a ​marketadvantage by leveraging ​ournetwork of ​partners.
  • leverage verb [T] (BUSINESS)

specialized finance & economics to use ​borrowedmoney to ​buy an ​investment or ​company: Home ​equity is ​invaluable if you leverage it to ​buildwealth. specialized finance & economics to use ​money to get more ​money: One of the ​easiestways to leverage a ​charitablegift is to get ​youremployer to ​match it.
leveraged
adjective uk   us   /-ɪdʒd/
The ​company is ​highly leveraged and ​struggling with ​interestpayments.
(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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leveragenoun [U]

 us   /ˈlev·ər·ɪdʒ, ˈli·vər-/
the ​power to ​influenceresults: financial/​political leverage The US has very little leverage in that ​part of the ​world.

leverageverb [T]

 us   /ˈlev·ə·rɪdʒ, ˈli·və-/
to use ​borrowedmoney 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 ​smallinvestment into millions of ​dollars.
(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"leverage" in Business English

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leveragenoun [U]

uk   /ˈliːvərɪdʒ/  us   /ˈlevərɪdʒ/
the ​power to ​influencepeople and get the ​results you want: This gives advertisers more leverage when it comes ​time to ​negotiaterates. Campaigners are ​trying to get as much political leverage on the ​situation as possible. States do not have the economic leverage to ​influence a ​foreign country. Labor ​experts say a ​serviceeconomy can give leverage to ​unionizedworkers.
FINANCE the ​relationship between the ​amount of ​money that a ​companyowes and its sharecapital or ​value: The ​companyplans to ​reduce the leverage to between 40% and 60% by the ​year end. The ​bank was ​asked to ​improve its ​capitalization and ​reduce its leverage. The ​figureshows that they had high ​growthrates of ​banklending and high leverage. Even if ​banks were able to ​rush back into heavy leverage soon, ​investors wouldn't ​stand for it.
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FINANCE the ​act of using ​borrowedmoney to ​buy an ​investment or a ​company: With leverage, the investor's $100,000 ​buys $500,000 or more of ​stock if he ​wants.

leverageverb [T]

uk   /ˈliːvərɪdʒ/  us   /ˈlevərɪdʒ/
to use something that you already have, such as a ​resource, in ​order to ​achieve something new or better: This new ​strategy is about leveraging the ​relationships we have with our ​customers.leverage sth into sth If you enjoy the ​work, it should be possible to leverage your ​temporaryassignment into a ​full-timejob.
FINANCE to use ​borrowedmoney to ​buy an ​investment or a ​company: The ​money could be used to leverage millions of ​additionaldollars.
leveraging
noun [U]
FINANCE Through ​aggressive leveraging, it ​grew into one of the largest ​privateenterprises in the country.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “leverage”
in Arabic نُفوذ, قُوّة…
in Korean 영향력…
in Portuguese influência…
in Catalan influència…
in Japanese 影響力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 作用, 杠杆作用, 杠杆效力…
in Turkish nüfuz, etki, güç…
in Russian влияние, средство для достижения цели…
in Chinese (Traditional) 作用, 槓杆作用, 槓杆效力…
in Italian influenza, autorità…
in Polish wpływ…
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