- 1A substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it ferment and rise.More example sentences
- Once active, even a small amount of leaven will be able to convert a very large quantity of new flour and water into fresh leaven overnight.
- Once a batch of bread has been mixed with the leaven, there are two ways in which the system can be perpetuated.
- 2A pervasive influence that modifies something or transforms it for the better: they acted as an intellectual leaven to the warriors who dominated the cityMore example sentences
- Being in the world, the Christian acts within the culture as a leaven, trying to transform it by communicating to others the redemption brought by Christ.
- A little leaven certainly has the power to affect the whole lump.
- After only five years of agitation, without abuse from us or any aggressive propagandism on our part, the leaven of this great truth has begun to work.
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- 1 (usually as adjective leavened) Cause (dough or bread) to ferment and rise by adding leaven: leavened breads are forbidden during PassoverMore example sentences
raise, make rise, puff up, expand
- These ingredients have been used individually in the preparation of other yeast leavened dough products.
- There is only one time when leavened bread was offered, to represent the thanksgiving of the people.
- An extrusion method is used to obtain leavened dough products with desirable characteristics.
- 2Permeate and modify or transform (something) for the better: the proceedings should be leavened by humor (as noun leavening) companies of militia volunteers with a leavening of regular soldiersMore example sentences
- There is humour enough to leaven proceedings.
- Frazier's sense of humor leavens his troubling reflections on the roles evil and envy play in the terribly sad history of the Sioux, in particular, and Native Americans in general.
- In typical Tutu fashion - leavening painful moments with humour and lifting the spirit in joy - the archbishop had the congregation smiling while reflecting on the sacrifices Naude had made.
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- Baking soda is a leavener that requires an acidic ingredient in a batter to help a baked good rise.
- Self-rising flour has leavener already in it (like baking powder or baking soda).
- Most baking powders sold in stores are double-acting, which means the leavener starts working immediately once the ingredients are combined, and continues to work during baking.
Middle English: from Old French levain, based on Latin levamen 'relief' (literally 'means of raising'), from levare 'to lift'.