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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   /ˈliː.vər.ɪdʒd/  us   /ˈlev.ɚ.ɪdʒd/
The ​company is ​highly leveraged and ​struggling with ​interestpayments.
(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 ​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.
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(Definition of leverage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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