Definitions for leavenˈlɛv ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leav•enˈlɛv ən(n.)

  1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.

    Category: Cooking

  2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.

    Category: Cooking

  3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.

  4. (v.t.)to add leaven to (dough or batter) and cause to rise.

    Category: Cooking

  5. to permeate with an altering or transforming element.

Origin of leaven:

1300–50; ME levain < AF, OF levain < VL *levāmen

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"


  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


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