Definitions for leavenˈlɛv ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leaven, leavening(noun)

    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

  2. leaven, leavening(verb)

    an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something

    "his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"

  3. raise, leaven, prove(verb)

    cause to puff up with a leaven

    "unleavened bread"

Wiktionary

  1. leaven(Noun)

    Any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods.

  2. leaven(Verb)

    To add a leavening agent.

  3. leaven(Verb)

    To cause to rise by fermentation.

  4. leaven(Verb)

    To temper an action or decision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leaven(noun)

    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

  2. Leaven(noun)

    anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass

  3. Leaven(verb)

    to make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment

  4. Leaven(verb)

    to imbue; to infect; to vitiate

  5. Origin: [OE. levain, levein, F. levain, L. levamen alleviation, mitigation; but taken in the sense of, a raising, that which raises, fr. levare to raise. See Lever, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leaven

    lev′n, n. the ferment which makes dough rise in a spongy form: anything that makes a general change, whether good or bad.—v.t. to raise with leaven: to taint.—n. Leav′ening.—adj. Leav′enous, containing leaven. [Fr. levain—L. levamenlevāre, to raise—levis, light.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leaven in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leaven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Will:

    If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.

  2. Spencer W. Kimball:

    The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.

  3. The Talmud:

    There are three things which, in great quantity, are bad, and, in little, very good: leaven, salt, and liberality.

  4. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Whether wealth bring the curse of selfishness along with it, or that the leaven was in our nature, only dormant till called forth by circumstances, we are only too apt to misuse it, even as others have done before us.

  5. Alfred Austin:

    So long as faith with freedom reigns
    And loyal hope survives,
    And gracious charity remains
    To leaven lowly lives;
    While there is one untrodden tract
    For intellect or will,
    And men are free to think and act,
    Life is worth living still.

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