Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The action of a lever.
  • noun The mechanical advantage of a lever.
  • noun Positional advantage; power to act effectively.
  • noun The use of credit or borrowed funds, often for a speculative investment, as in buying securities on margin.
  • transitive verb To provide (a company) with leverage.
  • transitive verb To supplement (money, for example) with leverage.
  • transitive verb To improve or enhance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The action of a lever; the arrangement by which lever-power is gained.
  • noun Lever-power; the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.
  • noun Figuratively, advantage for accomplishing a purpose; increased power of action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The action of a lever; mechanical advantage gained by the lever.
  • noun (Mech.) the perpendicular distance between the lines of action of two forces which act in parallel and opposite directions.
  • noun the perpendicular distance from the line in which a force acts upon a body to a point about which the body may be supposed to turn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
  • noun By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
  • noun finance 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.
  • noun business The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.
  • verb transitive, business To use; to exploit; to take full advantage (of something).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb supplement with leverage
  • noun the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
  • verb provide with leverage
  • noun investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)
  • noun strategic advantage; power to act effectively

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

lever +‎ -age

Examples

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion euro EFSF might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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  • No details were given of how the EFSF might be altered, although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion euro EFSF might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion euro EFSF might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion-euro European Financial Stability Facility might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word leverage' in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion-euro European Financial Stability Facility might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion-euro European Financial Stability Facility might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word leverage' in comments to reporters.

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  • G20 participants did not say how the 440 billion euro EFSF might be altered although French Finance Minister Francois Baroin used the word "leverage" in comments to reporters.

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    While financial leverage can be dangerous, emotional leverage can be the most

    powerful tool in personal change. We need a reason to do things. Without a

    compelling reason, nothing will get done. The right reason provides the leverage

    to do massive things even with little resources.

    March 22, 2011