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LEAVEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leaven mean? 

LEAVEN (noun)
  The noun LEAVEN has 2 senses:

1. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
2. an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something

  Familiarity information: LEAVEN used as a noun is rare.


LEAVEN (verb)
  The verb LEAVEN has 1 sense:

1. cause to puff up with a leaven

  Familiarity information: LEAVEN used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEAVEN (noun)


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Meaning:

A substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

leaven; leavening

Hypernyms ("leaven" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leaven"):

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)


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Meaning:

An influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

leavening; leaven

Context example:

his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor

Hypernyms ("leaven" is a kind of...):

imponderable (a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed)


LEAVEN (verb)


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Meaning:

Cause to puff up with a leaven

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

leaven; prove; raise

Context example:

unleavened bread

Hypernyms (to "leaven" is one way to...):

bring up; elevate; get up; lift; raise (raise from a lower to a higher position)

Cause:

prove; rise (increase in volume)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They leaven more bread


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