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leaven

noun (n)

  • a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid (noun.substance)
    Synonym: leavening
    source: wordnet30
  • an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    His sermons benefited from a leavening of humor.
    source: wordnet30
  • Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders it light; yeast; barm. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • cause to puff up with a leaven (verb.motion)
    Synonym: prove, raise
    Example:
    Unleavened bread.
    source: wordnet30
  • To make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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