[ US /ˈɫɛvən/ ]
[ UK /lˈɛvən/ ]
  1. cause to puff up with a leaven
    unleavened bread
  1. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
  2. an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
    his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor
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How To Use leaven In A Sentence

  • John Malkovich's clever turn as the trainer Lucien Laurin leavens the earnest material. The Short List: A Guide to This Week's Arts and Entertainment
  • A reaction induced on the laboratory bench may, like yeast in inert dough, leaven the whole of mankind, lightening and lifting it to heights undreamed of by its ancestors. The Contribution of Creative Chemistry to the Humanities
  • Her name means happiness, but she is a widow with five children who makes ends meet by washing clothes for the neighbourhood and preparing injera, the unleavened bread prepared today as it was 1000 years ago.
  • He compares the rage of the people to a burning oven which the baker heats, until his dough is leavened and raised.
  • There is lots of humor to leaven the suspense, as Christie fans will expect, particularly in scenes where Poirot gets to trump suspects who have treated him dismissively.
  • _bread_, whereas, when other leavening agents are used, the bread is referred to as _hot bread_, or _quick bread_, as is fully explained in another Section. Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 1: Essentials of Cookery; Cereals; Bread; Hot Breads
  • It is an accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.
  • Ministers are employed in leavening places, in leavening souls, with the gospel. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)
  • His work is unusually accessible and leavened with kindly humour. Times, Sunday Times
  • I think he has a Napoleonic concept of himself and his company, an arrogance that derives from power and unalloyed success, with no leavening hard experience, no reverses.
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