Adjective "leavened" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it ferment and rise.
  1. '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.'
A pervasive influence that modifies something or transforms it for the better.
  1. 'Being in the world, the Christian acts within the culture as a leaven, trying to transform it by communicating to others the redemption brought by Christ.'
  2. 'After only five years of agitation, without abuse from us or any aggressive propagandism on our part, the leaven of this great truth has begun to work.'


Cause (dough or bread) to ferment and rise by adding leaven.
  1. 'Several dozen of the Haredim managed to make their way to a street where chametz, or leavened bread, is sold.'
  2. 'There is only one time when leavened bread was offered, to represent the thanksgiving of the people.'
  3. 'By the way - if the batter is mixed for too long, the excess blending can cause the premature formation and escape of the carbon dioxide that is needed for leavening the pancakes.'
  4. 'An understanding of leavening ingredients and the interrelationship of other ingredients, preparation methods, heat and other factors, will help produce a final product of optimum quality.'
  5. 'Air bubbles can also be trapped in beaten egg whites, a technique used to leaven angel food or sponge cakes.'
  6. 'Another method of leavening is the use of whipped egg whites, which traps air in bubbles.'
  7. 'The children of Israel left Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to leaven their bread.'
  8. 'As it ages, natural leavened bread will retain its moisture and keep well without refrigeration, quite opposed from the yeasted bread that stales and dries out within hours after its baking.'
Permeate and modify or transform (something) for the better.
  1. 'underneath the frills and fuss there's a leavening of serious intent'
  2. 'His narrative exposition crams in immense acreages of information, while nonetheless barrelling along at an exhilarating speed, and he leavens his social analysis with vignettes of individual Californians who have made a difference.'
  3. 'Fortunately, she has a sharp and tarry black humour, so while she attacks the objects of her wrath, she leavens the battle with a running current of dark and infectious wit.'
  4. 'He leavens his vision of the human slaughterhouse with emotions, but these nearly always lead to impasse, or compromise.'
  5. 'For the next two weeks the schedules will be Olympics wall-to-wall, so I'm guessing that come next Friday we will all be gagging for a bit of inspired fiction to leaven the diet of real-life heartbreak and triumph.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'I wish all those kids were doing some kind of composition and improvisation as well, leavening their virtuosity with creativity.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'Frazier's sense of humor leavens his troubling reflections on the roles evil and envy play in the terribly sad history of the Sioux, in particular, and Native Americans in general.'
  10. 'This doesn't answer the question really, but then it could be argued that a little bit of humour does much to leaven the blandness of what passes for reporting and analysis in the Indian press.'
  11. 'In typical Tutu fashion - leavening painful moments with humour and lifting the spirit in joy - the archbishop had the congregation smiling while reflecting on the sacrifices Naude had made.'

More definitions

1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.

2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.

3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence. verb (used with object)

4. to add leaven to (dough or batter) and cause to rise.

5. to permeate with an altering or transforming element.

More examples(as adjective)

"societies can be leavened."

"respectabilities can be leavened."

"learnings can be leavened."


(leaven)Middle English: from Old French levain, based on Latin levamen ‘relief’ (literally ‘means of raising’), from levare ‘to lift’.