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English noun: leaven

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


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.


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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