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Verb
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.”
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To spread through, causing a gradual change
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“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.”
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Influence
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To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality
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To undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
Noun
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.”
Noun
An influence that produces a gradual change
“The investment will be used as leaven to encourage businesses to do likewise.”
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