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Definition 1: an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where leaven or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor

Synonyms for leaven in the sense of this definition

(leaven is a kind of ...) a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed

"human behavior depends on many imponderables"

Definition 2: a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for leaven in the sense of this definition

(leaven is a kind of ...) a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

(... is a kind of leaven ) any of various powdered mixtures used in baking as a substitute for yeast

(... is a kind of leaven ) a leaven of dough in which fermentation is active; used by pioneers for making bread

(... is a kind of leaven ) a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey

Definition 3: cause to puff up with a leaven - [verb of motion]

Samples where leaven or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unleavened bread

Synonyms for leaven in the sense of this definition

(leaven is a kind of ...) raise from a lower to a higher position

"Raise your hands" "Lift a load"

(leaven causes ...) increase in volume

"the dough rose slowly in the warm room"

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