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leaven

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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leavenleav‧en1 /ˈlevən/ (also leavening /ˈlevənɪŋ/) noun 🔊 🔊 1 [uncountable] technicalDFC a substance, especially yeast, that is added to a mixture of flour and water so that it will swell and can be baked into breadunleavened2 [singular, uncountable] literaryINTERESTINGHAPPY something that makes an event or situation less boring, serious, or sad
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leavenA piece of dough was kept back after using the yeast and this is called leaven.None rejoice more in this leaven than the professional scholars themselves.This leaven was added the next time baking bread was done.
leavenleaven2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 formalINTERESTINGBORING to make something less boring, serious, or sad→ See Verb table
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leavenWhat emerges from that tainted oven will likely be a typical loaf of local politics leavened by big money.His intellectualism now was leavened by experience.Feminist consciousness now leavens every relationship, every single social and professional encounter.My affection for her was leavened with lesser likings and with admiration.Organist Dan Wall's power is leavened with subtlety and his four compositions are perfect vehicles for Abercrombie.
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Verb table
leaven
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyleaven
he, she, itleavens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyleavened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave leavened
he, she, ithas leavened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad leavened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill leaven
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have leavened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam leavening
he, she, itis leavening
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you, we, theyare leavening
Past
I, he, she, itwas leavening
you, we, theywere leavening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been leavening
he, she, ithas been leavening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been leavening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be leavening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been leavening
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