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Some people frown upon the use of "leveraging" in formal writing. What would be a good alternative to the expression:

We will be able to investigate X leveraging from the knowledge of Y.

None of the entries in thesaurus seem to neatly apply to the case. Any ideas?

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Applying, using (and I suppose utilising, but frankly I'd much prefer leveraging to that), "making use of"

Your from is incorrect above, by the way. It should be "We will be able to investigate X, leveraging the knowledge of Y", and hence "We will be able to investigate X, applying the knowledge of Y" and so on.

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Thanks for the comments and the correction. – 719016 Jan 16 '13 at 11:30
Downvoter care to comment? – Jon Hanna Jan 16 '13 at 17:02

Leveraging was coined as the concept of using something to maximum advantage, bring into effective use, or use in a strategic way, especially something that has not been done or was not the norm. Today, the term serves a very useful purpose when used carefully and effectively. There are no words or short phrases that convey the exact sense. Nothing wrong with leveraging a powerful term, I feel.

That said, "leveraging from the knowledge of Y" is incorrect use and defeats the purpose and fails to use the power of the term. Say, instead,

We will be able to investigate X leveraging from the knowledge of Y.

or better still,

We can leverage our knowledge of Y to investigate X.

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The term I would use is "building upon."

We were able to investigate X, building upon our knowledge of Y.

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First off, the "verb" leverage is on my list of unaccepted words. I will gladly use "getting leverage" or "taking advantage" but prefer using a verb like "benefit" or even "exploit." Actually, I believe that most people would like to use the verb "exploit" but believe it sounds wrong.

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Welcome to the English Language and Usage Stack Exchange. Answers are encouraged to be supported by authoritative sources, and appear authoritative rather than personal opinion. – SrJoven Nov 4 '14 at 17:11

Another alternative could be:

"We will be able to investigate X, benefitting from the knowledge of Y"

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Downvoter - would you please leave some feedback? – Kristina Lopez Jan 17 '13 at 11:38
Too late, she cried ... – andy256 Jul 5 '14 at 5:23

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