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leav·en

 (lĕv′ən)
n.
1. An agent, such as yeast, that causes batter or dough to rise, especially by fermentation.
2. An element, influence, or agent that works subtly to lighten, enliven, or modify a whole.
tr.v. leav·ened, leav·en·ing, leav·ens
1. To add a rising agent to.
2. To cause to rise, especially by fermentation.
3. To pervade with a lightening, enlivening, or modifying influence.

[Middle English, from Old French levain, from Vulgar Latin *levāmen, from Latin levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

leaven

(ˈlɛvən)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) any substance that produces fermentation in dough or batter, such as yeast, and causes it to rise
2. (Elements & Compounds) a piece of such a substance kept to ferment a new batch of dough
3. an agency or influence that produces a gradual change
vb (tr)
4. to cause fermentation in (dough or batter)
5. to pervade, causing a gradual change, esp with some moderating or enlivening influence
[C14: via Old French ultimately from Latin levāmen relief, (hence, raising agent, leaven), from levāre to raise]
ˈleavener n

leav•en

(ˈlɛv ən)
n.
1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.
2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.
3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.
v.t.
4. to add leaven to (dough or batter) and cause to rise.
5. to permeate with an altering or transforming element.
[1300–50; Middle English levain < Anglo-French, Old French levain < Vulgar Latin *levāmen]

leaven


Past participle: leavened
Gerund: leavening

Imperative
leaven
leaven
Present
I leaven
you leaven
he/she/it leavens
we leaven
you leaven
they leaven
Preterite
I leavened
you leavened
he/she/it leavened
we leavened
you leavened
they leavened
Present Continuous
I am leavening
you are leavening
he/she/it is leavening
we are leavening
you are leavening
they are leavening
Present Perfect
I have leavened
you have leavened
he/she/it has leavened
we have leavened
you have leavened
they have leavened
Past Continuous
I was leavening
you were leavening
he/she/it was leavening
we were leavening
you were leavening
they were leavening
Past Perfect
I had leavened
you had leavened
he/she/it had leavened
we had leavened
you had leavened
they had leavened
Future
I will leaven
you will leaven
he/she/it will leaven
we will leaven
you will leaven
they will leaven
Future Perfect
I will have leavened
you will have leavened
he/she/it will have leavened
we will have leavened
you will have leavened
they will have leavened
Future Continuous
I will be leavening
you will be leavening
he/she/it will be leavening
we will be leavening
you will be leavening
they will be leavening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been leavening
you have been leavening
he/she/it has been leavening
we have been leavening
you have been leavening
they have been leavening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been leavening
you will have been leavening
he/she/it will have been leavening
we will have been leavening
you will have been leavening
they will have been leavening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been leavening
you had been leavening
he/she/it had been leavening
we had been leavening
you had been leavening
they had been leavening
Conditional
I would leaven
you would leaven
he/she/it would leaven
we would leaven
you would leaven
they would leaven
Past Conditional
I would have leavened
you would have leavened
he/she/it would have leavened
we would have leavened
you would have leavened
they would have leavened

leaven

1. To use an ingredient such as yeast, baking powder or eggs to make other ingredients rise in cooking.
2. A raising agent, such as yeast, that causes dough or batter to rise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leaven - a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquidleaven - a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
baking powder - any of various powdered mixtures used in baking as a substitute for yeast
sourdough - a leaven of dough in which fermentation is active; used by pioneers for making bread
barm, yeast - a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey
2.leaven - an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something; "his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"
imponderable - a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed; "human behavior depends on many imponderables"
Verb1.leaven - cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread"
lift, raise, elevate, get up, bring up - raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"

leaven

noun
1. yeast, ferment, leavening, barm The ingredients include wholemeal flour, wheat leven, water and salt.
2. catalyst, influence, inspiration The investment will be used as leaven to encourage businesses to do likewise.
verb
1. ferment, work, raise, lighten They used sour dough to leaven their bread.
2. stimulate, inspire, elevate, quicken, pervade, permeate, imbue, suffuse He found congenial officers who knew how to leaven war's rigours with riotous enjoyment.

leaven

noun
An agent that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development, or change:
Translations
nostattaanostatusaine

leaven

[ˈlevn]
A. Nlevadura f (fig) → toque m
B. VTleudar (fig) (= enliven) → aligerar

leaven

n (also leavening)Treibmittel nt; (= fermenting dough)Sauerteig m; (fig)Auflockerung f; even his most serious speeches had a leaven of humourauch seine ernstesten Reden waren mit Humor gewürzt
vt(auf)gehen lassen, treiben; (fig)auflockern

leaven

[ˈlɛvn]
1. nlievito
2. vtfar lievitare
References in classic literature ?
There is much fruitful soil uncultivated here," he said; "and, I may add, without the sinful leaven of self- commendation, that, since my short sojourn in these heathenish abodes, much good seed has been scattered by the wayside.
It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.
It might be that there was a leaven of this unrighteousness still re- maining.
Yes; nearly five years since to Robert Leaven, the coachman; and I've a little girl besides Bobby there, that I've christened Jane.
We are to recollect that all the existing constitutions were formed in the midst of a danger which repressed the passions most unfriendly to order and concord; of an enthusiastic confidence of the people in their patriotic leaders, which stifled the ordinary diversity of opinions on great national questions; of a universal ardor for new and opposite forms, produced by a universal resentment and indignation against the ancient government; and whilst no spirit of party connected with the changes to be made, or the abuses to be reformed, could mingle its leaven in the operation.
It became necessary, therefore, to destroy this last bulwark of Calvinism--a dangerous leaven with which the ferments of civil revolt and foreign war were constantly mingling.
But I excuse it, it is impossible to expect the son of a Girondin to be free from a small spice of the old leaven.
I call it the leaven of the offending Adam, and consider that it should be, if not WHIPPED out of him, at least soundly disciplined; and that he will be cheap of any amount of either bodily or mental suffering which will ground him radically in the art of self-control.
Ambitious people are the leaven which raises it into wholesome bread.
Far from us, monsieur, the old leaven of feudal abuse
Romanticism, which has helped to fill some dull blanks with love and knowledge, had not yet penetrated the times with its leaven and entered into everybody's food; it was fermenting still as a distinguishable vigorous enthusiasm in certain long-haired German artists at Rome, and the youth of other nations who worked or idled near them were sometimes caught in the spreading movement.
Hasn't life at Patty's Place been really much brighter and pleasanter this past winter because I've been here to leaven you?