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To cause (dough or bread) to rise by adding leaven
“The children of Israel left Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to leaven their bread.”
To spread through, causing a gradual change
“I also was impressed by the amount of humor Washington uses to leaven the heavy material, giving every little character a realistic quirk and cutting judiciously on the funny lines to keep the timing solid.”
To give or add flavor to, typically by seasoning
To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality
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To undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
A substance, typically yeast, that is used in dough to make it rise
“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.”
An influence that produces a gradual change
“The investment will be used as leaven to encourage businesses to do likewise.”
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