verb (used without object), de·lev·er·aged, de·lev·er·ag·ing.
- to decrease financial leverage by paying off debt: Their balance sheet significantly improved after they deleveraged.
verb (used with object), de·lev·er·aged, de·lev·er·ag·ing.
- to reduce the debt of: He drastically deleveraged the company to make it profitable.
- an instance of this: The economic crisis has forced a deleverage.
- finance (of an organization) to reduce the ratio of debt capital to equity capital