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- A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
- Synonym: mechanical advantage
- A crowbar uses leverage to pry nails out of wood.
- 1960 April, “The braking of trains”, in Trains Illustrated, page 237:
- In order to proportion the braking force to the weight carried by a wheel - a matter of special importance in the braking of wagons - variable leverage systems are now being introduced in which the end of one axle spring is linked to a control spring in the change-over valve, so automatically varying the leverage exerted by the brake-rod according to whether the wagon is full or empty.
- (by extension) Any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
- Try using competitors’ prices for leverage in the negotiation.
- 2011 April 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest”, in BBC Sport:
- The former Forest man, who passed a late fitness test, appeared to use Guy Moussi for leverage before nodding in David Fox's free-kick at the far post - his 22nd goal of the season.
- (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.
- Leverage is great until something goes wrong with your investments and you still have to pay your debts.
- (finance) The debt-to-equity ratio.
- Synonym: gearing
- 1933 June 4, “Trusts Heartened by Security Rally”, in New York Times:
- In such cases where there is a multiple capital structure the factor known as leverage comes into play.
- (business) The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high-capacity utilization of a facility.
- Synonym: operating leverage
- Their variable-cost-reducing investments have dramatically increased their leverage.
force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot
influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage
use of borrowed funds
ability to earn very high returns
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- (transitive, chiefly US, slang, business) To use; to exploit; to manipulate in order to take full advantage (of something).
- They plan to leverage the publicity into a good distribution agreement.
- They plan to leverage off the publicity to get a good distribution agreement.
- 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”, in Journal of English for Academic Purposes, volume 35, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2018.07.004, page 105:
- EAP research has developed advanced methods for producing corpus-informed vocabulary resources, but these have yet to be fully leveraged to promote disciplinary literacy within the secondary school context.
use, exploit, take full advantage of