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leverage (n.)

1724, "action of a lever," from lever (n.) + -age. Meaning "power or force of a lever" is from 1827; figurative sense "advantage for accomplishing a purpose" is from 1858. The financial sense is attested by 1933, American English; as a verb in the financial sense by 1956. Related: Leveraged; leverages; leveraging.

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Definitions of leverage from WordNet
1
leverage (n.)
the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever;
Synonyms: purchase
leverage (n.)
strategic advantage; power to act effectively;
relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense political leverage
leverage (n.)
investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses);
Synonyms: leveraging
2
leverage (v.)
supplement with leverage;
leverage the money that is already available
leverage (v.)
provide with leverage;
We need to leverage this company
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