VCR Presentation 5

Daksh Desai

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The pit crew for NASCAR races have to apply ___________ from an automobile jack to change the tires quickly and efficiently.
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The Word

leverage (n.)


1. the action of a lever that raises or lifts

2. power to influence; a position of strength

Uses In The World

Physics: Using a long lever, you can exert lots of leverage on an object. When you use a long handled axe or wrench, you can magnify the amount of force. So if you cannot budge a nut or bolt, try using a tool with a longer handle.


Business: Uses leverage, or the power to influence and position strength strategically, to make a profit. It is used so that the efforts made are returned with revenue.

Roots and Origin

levis (L.) "light (in weight)

lev (L.) "of little weight"


The word appeared in 1724, meaning, "action of a lever", and in 1937, it was first used in a business sense. This is the noun in financial tense. It was made a verb in the English language in 1957.

Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms (first definition)


  • grip
  • hold
  • grasp

Second definition

  • influence
  • power
  • authority
  • pull
  • control
  • say
  • dominance
  • advantage


Antonyms (first definition)


  • release

Second Definition




  • weakness
  • helplessness
  • powerless
  • disadvantage
  • inferior

CHOOSE THE LETTER OF THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD-FACED TYPE IS USED INCORRECTLY.

a) The seesaw is a good example of how one can use leverage with one's own body weight.

b) Would you like a leverage with your burger?

c) The company leveraged its assets to increase revenue through customer satisfaction.

d)The business woman had a great strategy for the upcoming quarter, but she did not have enough leverage to sway her bosses.

CHOICE B IS INCORRECT BECAUSE THERE IS A WORD CHOICE ERROR. THE WORD, "BEVERAGE" IS CONFUSED WITH "LEVERAGE"; THEREFORE, CHOICE B IS INCORRECT.