from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The action of a lever.
- n. The mechanical advantage of a lever.
- n. Positional advantage; power to act effectively: "started his . . . career with far more social leverage than his father had enjoyed” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin).
- n. The use of credit or borrowed funds to improve one's speculative capacity and increase the rate of return from an investment, as in buying securities on margin.
- transitive v. To provide (a company) with leverage.
- transitive v. To supplement (money, for example) with leverage.
- transitive v. To improve or enhance: "It makes more sense to be able to leverage what we [public radio stations] do in a more effective way to our listeners” ( Delano Lewis).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
- n. By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
- n. The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk.
- n. The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.
- v. To use; to exploit; to take full advantage (of something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The action of a lever; mechanical advantage gained by the lever.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The action of a lever; the arrangement by which lever-power is gained.
- n. Lever-power; the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.
- n. Figuratively, advantage for accomplishing a purpose; increased power of action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. supplement with leverage
- n. the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
- v. provide with leverage
- n. investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)
- n. strategic advantage; power to act effectively
lever + -age (Wiktionary)