1. the power to influence people, using borrowed capital to make an investment
lack the leverage to get something done
The verb leverage in a finance context refers to using borrowed money to purchase an investment or company in the expectation that the profit will be higher than the investment or to increase the value of the companies shares. Leverage can also refer to power. If you use leverage, it means you use your position or influence in order to achieve something that you want. The verb leverage can also be used to talk about using something to its maximum advantage. As a noun, leverage is using a lever or an object to exert a force on something. Leverage is also the power to influence someone or something.