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English noun: leaven

1. leaven (substance) a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid


Synonymsleavening


Broader (hypernym)substance


Narrower (hyponym)baking powder, barm, sourdough, yeast

2. leaven (cognition) an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something


SamplesHis sermons benefited from a leavening of humor.


Synonymsleavening


Broader (hypernym)imponderable


English verb: leaven

1. leaven (motion) cause to puff up with a leaven


SamplesUnleavened bread.


ExamplesThey leaven more bread


Synonymsprove, raise


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise


Causeprove, rise









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