What does leaven mean?

Definitions for leaven
ˈlɛv ənleav·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word leaven.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leaven, leaveningnoun

    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

  2. leaven, leaveningverb

    an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something

    "his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"

  3. raise, leaven, proveverb

    cause to puff up with a leaven

    "unleavened bread"

Wiktionary

  1. leavennoun

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

  2. leavenverb

    To add a leavening agent.

  3. leavenverb

    To cause to rise by fermentation.

  4. leavenverb

    To temper an action or decision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leavennoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Leavennoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Leavenverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Leavenverb

    to imbue; to infect; to vitiate

    Etymology: [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.]

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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

Examples of leaven in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Stephen Covey:

    I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a 'transformer' in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.

  4. George Will:

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

  5. Spencer W. Kimball:

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

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