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Definition of leverage
1the exertion of force by means of a lever or an object used in the manner of a lever:my spade hit something solid that wouldn’t respond to leverage mechanical advantage gained by using leverage:use a metal bar to increase the leverage the power to influence a person or situation to achieve a particular outcome:the right wing had lost much of its political leverage in the Assembly
2 Finance the ratio of a company’s loan capital (debt) to the value of its common stock (equity). the use of credit or borrowed capital to increase the earning potential of stock.
verb [with object]
(usually as adjective leveraged
) use borrowed capital for (an investment), expecting the profits made to be greater than the interest payable:a leveraged takeover bid
2use (something) to maximum advantage:the organization needs to leverage its key resources