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lev·er·age

 (lĕv′ər-ĭj, lĕv′rĭj)
n.
1.
a. The action of a lever.
b. The mechanical advantage of a lever.
2. Positional advantage; power to act effectively: "started his ... career with far more social leverage than his father had enjoyed" (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
3. The use of credit or borrowed funds, often for a speculative investment, as in buying securities on margin.
tr.v. lev·er·aged, lev·er·ag·ing, lev·er·ag·es
1.
a. To provide (a company) with leverage.
b. To supplement (money, for example) with leverage.
2. 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).
3. To use so as to obtain an advantage or profit: leveraged their personal contacts to find new investors.

leverage

(ˈliːvərɪdʒ; -vrɪdʒ; ˈlɛv-)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) the action of a lever
2. (Mechanical Engineering) the mechanical advantage gained by employing a lever
3. power to accomplish something; strategic advantage
4. (Commerce) the enhanced power available to a large company: the supermarket chains have greater leverage than single-outlet enterprises.
5. (Banking & Finance) US word for gearing3
6. (Commerce) the use made by a company of its limited assets to guarantee the substantial loans required to finance its business

lev•er•age

(ˈlɛv ər ɪdʒ, ˈlɛv rɪdʒ; ˈli vər ɪdʒ, -vrɪdʒ)

n., v. -aged, -ag•ing. n.
1. the action of a lever.
2. the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.
3. power or ability to act effectively or to influence people.
4. the use of a small initial investment to gain a relatively high return.
v.t.
5. to exert power or influence on.
6. to provide with leverage.
7. to speculate in (invested funds) by using leverage.
[1715–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leverage - the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a leverleverage - the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
mechanical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects
2.leverage - strategic advantage; power to act effectively; "relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense political leverage"
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
bargaining chip - leverage in the form of an inducement or a concession useful in successful negotiations
3.leverage - investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)
investing, investment - the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
Verb1.leverage - supplement with leverage; "leverage the money that is already available"
supplement - add as a supplement to what seems insufficient; "supplement your diet"
2.leverage - provide with leverage; "We need to leverage this company"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

leverage

noun
1. influence, authority, pull (informal), weight, rank, clout (informal), purchasing power, ascendancy His position affords him the leverage to get things done through committees.
2. force, hold, pull, strength, grip, grasp The spade and fork have longer shafts, providing better leverage.

leverage

noun
The power to produce an effect by indirect means:
Informal: clout.
Slang: pull.
Translations
قُوَّة الرافِعَهنُفوذ
síla pákyvliv
indflydelsevægtstangskraft
vaikutusvalta
effet de levierempireexploiter
למנף
emelõerõ
vogarafl
sila páky
güçkaldıraç gücünüfuz

leverage

[ˈliːvərɪdʒ] Napalancamiento m (fig) → influencia f, palanca f

leverage

[ˈliːvərɪdʒ]
n
(using bar, lever)effet m de levier
(= influence) → influence f
to have leverage with sb → avoir une influence sur qn
to have the leverage to do sth → pouvoir peser dans la balance pour faire qch
His function as a Mayor affords him the leverage to get things done → Ses fonctions de maire lui permettent de peser dans la balance lorsqu'il s'agit d'accomplir le travail.
vt [+ company, investment] → acheter avec un emprunt à effet de levier

leverage

[, (US)]
nHebelkraft f; (fig)Einfluss m; this spanner can exert considerable leveragedieser Schraubenschlüssel kann eine beträchtliche Hebelwirkung ausüben; to use something as leverage (fig)etw als Druckmittel benutzen; (= to one’s own advantage)etw zu seinem Vorteil ausnützen; this gave us a bit of leverage with the authoritiesdadurch konnten wir etwas Druck auf die Behörden ausüben; his approval gives us a bit of leverage with themseine Zustimmung verstärkt unsere Position ihnen gegenüber

leverage

[ˈliːvrɪdʒ, ɒm ˈlɛvrɪdʒ] n leverage (on)forza (su) (fig) → ascendente m (su)
to exert leverage on sth/sb → far leva su qc/qn

lever

(ˈliːvə) , ((American) ˈlevər) noun
1. a bar of wood, metal etc used to lift heavy weights. A crowbar is a kind of lever; You must use a coin as a lever to get the lid of that tin off.
2. a bar or handle for operating a machine etc. This is the lever that switches on the power.
verb
to move with or as if with a lever. He levered the lid off with a coin.
ˈleverage (-ridʒ) noun
1. the power gained by the use of a lever.
2. power that can be used to influence someone's actions or decisions. The public has some leverage with their representatives in the Senate.
References in classic literature ?
Thus the immense leverage of the ship's tall masts became a matter very near my own heart.
This was an immense point gained; I foresaw that it would constitute my whole leverage in my relations with the two ladies.
A great broken bough upon the grass showed whence he had gained his leverage to tilt over our bridge.
Between the massive blocks were strips of grass the leverage of whose roots had pushed them apart.
The weak point of these iron curtains is the leverage you can get from below.
Remembrances of how she had journeyed to the little that she knew, by the enchanted roads of what she and millions of innocent creatures had hoped and imagined; of how, first coming upon Reason through the tender light of Fancy, she had seen it a beneficent god, deferring to gods as great as itself; not a grim Idol, cruel and cold, with its victims bound hand to foot, and its big dumb shape set up with a sightless stare, never to be moved by anything but so many calculated tons of leverage - what had she to do with these?
A part of the Hole, indeed, contained so much public spirit and private virtue that not even this strong leverage could move it to good fellowship with a tainted accuser.
And while upon this matter of detail, it is remarkable that the long leverages of their machines are in most cases actuated by a sort of sham musculature of the disks in an elastic sheath; these disks become polarised and drawn closely and powerfully together when traversed by a current of electricity.
And then, just as the contest was becoming interesting, Daylight effected one of his lightning shifts, changing all stresses and leverages and at the same time delivering one of his muscular explosions.
Though an association between rapid credit expansion and a decline in lending standards suggests that leverage could be a good indicator of banking system vulnerability, linkages between private-sector leverage and systemic crises in banking are far from strong or stable, concludes Moody's Investors Service in a new report.
This model identifies three "levers" of profitability for a firm as measured by return on equity; these levers are earns, turns and leverage.
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