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leveragenoun [U]

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

specialized finance & economics the relationship between the amount of money that a company owes to banks and the value of the company
specialized finance & economics the act of using borrowed money 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 market advantage by leveraging our network of partners.
  • leverage verb [T] (BUSINESS)

specialized finance & economics to use borrowed money to buy an investment or company: Home equity is invaluable if you leverage it to build wealth.
specialized finance & economics to use money to get more money: One of the easiest ways to leverage a charitable gift is to get your employer to match it.
leveraged
adjective uk   /ˈliː.vər.ɪdʒd/  us   /ˈlev.ɚ.ɪdʒd/
The company is highly leveraged and struggling with interest payments.
(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leverage" in American English

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leveragenoun [U]

 us   /ˈlev·ər·ɪdʒ, ˈli·vər-/
the power to influence results: 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 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.
(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 influence people and get the results you want: This gives advertisers more leverage when it comes time to negotiate rates. 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 service economy can give leverage to unionized workers.
FINANCE the relationship between the amount of money that a company owes and its share capital or value: The company plans 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 figure shows that they had high growth rates of bank lending 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 borrowed money 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 temporary assignment into a full-time job.
FINANCE to use borrowed money to buy an investment or a company: The money could be used to leverage millions of additional dollars.
leveraging
noun [U]
FINANCE Through aggressive leveraging, it grew into one of the largest private enterprises in the country.
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(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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