Definition of leverage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈliːvərɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevərɪdʒ//
    [uncountable] Economy, Business deals
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  1. 1(formal) the ability to influence what people do diplomatic leverage Retailers can exert leverage over producers by threatening to take their business elsewhere. See related entries: Business deals
  2. 2(specialist) the act of using a lever to open or lift something; the force used to do this A longer piece of wood would give you greater leverage.
  3. 3(North American English) (British English gearing) (finance) the relationship between the amount of money that a company owes and the value of its shares See related entries: Economy
  4. Extra examples Position the piece of wood so that maximum leverage can be applied. They are determined to gain more political leverage. They suddenly had more leverage in negotiations. Their actions were seen as an attempt to use economic leverage to force political change.
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