leaven

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1 leaven /ˈlɛvən/ noun
1 leaven
/ˈlɛvən/
noun
Learner's definition of LEAVEN
[noncount]
: a substance (such as yeast) that makes dough rise and become light before it is baked
called also leavening
literary : something that makes a situation or mood less serious
2 leaven /ˈlɛvən/ verb
leavens; leavened; leavening
2 leaven
/ˈlɛvən/
verb
leavens; leavened; leavening
Learner's definition of LEAVEN
[+ object]
formal : to make (something) less serious and often more exciting
: to add leaven to (bread, dough, etc.)
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