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I think you need humour and a sense of fun, which is what I try to bring to my books to leaven the danger and action. The ones that really transcend the genre always have a great laugh in them, such as 'Fright Night,' 'Lost Boys,' 'American Werewolf in London' - just to name a few.
Sherrilyn Kenyon

Meaning of "leaven" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LEAVEN

Via Old French ultimately from Latin levāmen relief, (hence, raising agent, leaven), from levāre to raise.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LEAVEN

leaven  [ˈlɛvən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LEAVEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Leaven is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb leaven in English.

WHAT DOES LEAVEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Leavening agent

A leavening agent is any one of a number of substances used in doughs and batters that causes a foaming action that lightens and softens the finished product. Formation of carbon dioxide is induced by chemical agents reacting with moisture, heat, acidity, or other triggers. The leavening agent incorporates gas bubbles into the dough. The alternative or supplement to leavening agents is mechanical leavening by which air is incorporated by mechanical means. Most leavening agents are synthetic chemical compounds, but carbon dioxide can also be produced by biological agents. When a dough or batter is mixed, the starch in the flour mixes with the water in the dough to form a matrix, then gelatinizes and "sets"; the holes left by the gas bubbles remain.

Definition of leaven in the English dictionary

The first definition of leaven in the dictionary is any substance that produces fermentation in dough or batter, such as yeast, and causes it to rise. Other definition of leaven is a piece of such a substance kept to ferment a new batch of dough. Leaven is also an agency or influence that produces a gradual change.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO LEAVEN

PRESENT

Present
I leaven
you leaven
he/she/it leavens
we leaven
you leaven
they leaven
Present continuous
I am leavening
you are leavening
he/she/it is leavening
we are leavening
you are leavening
they are leavening
Present perfect
I have leavened
you have leavened
he/she/it has leavened
we have leavened
you have leavened
they have leavened
Present perfect continuous
I have been leavening
you have been leavening
he/she/it has been leavening
we have been leavening
you have been leavening
they have been leavening
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I leavened
you leavened
he/she/it leavened
we leavened
you leavened
they leavened
Past continuous
I was leavening
you were leavening
he/she/it was leavening
we were leavening
you were leavening
they were leavening
Past perfect
I had leavened
you had leavened
he/she/it had leavened
we had leavened
you had leavened
they had leavened
Past perfect continuous
I had been leavening
you had been leavening
he/she/it had been leavening
we had been leavening
you had been leavening
they had been leavening
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will leaven
you will leaven
he/she/it will leaven
we will leaven
you will leaven
they will leaven
Future continuous
I will be leavening
you will be leavening
he/she/it will be leavening
we will be leavening
you will be leavening
they will be leavening
Future perfect
I will have leavened
you will have leavened
he/she/it will have leavened
we will have leavened
you will have leavened
they will have leavened
Future perfect continuous
I will have been leavening
you will have been leavening
he/she/it will have been leavening
we will have been leavening
you will have been leavening
they will have been leavening
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would leaven
you would leaven
he/she/it would leaven
we would leaven
you would leaven
they would leaven
Conditional continuous
I would be leavening
you would be leavening
he/she/it would be leavening
we would be leavening
you would be leavening
they would be leavening
Conditional perfect
I would have leaven
you would have leaven
he/she/it would have leaven
we would have leaven
you would have leaven
they would have leaven
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been leavening
you would have been leavening
he/she/it would have been leavening
we would have been leavening
you would have been leavening
they would have been leavening
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you leaven
we let´s leaven
you leaven
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to leaven
Past participle
leavened
Present Participle
leavening
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LEAVEN


Bevan
ˈbɛvən
cheven
ˈtʃɛvən
devon
ˈdɛvən
driven
ˈdrɪvən
eleven
ɪˈlɛvən
even
ˈiːvən
given
ˈɡɪvən
haven
ˈheɪvən
heaven
ˈhɛvən
Midheaven
ˈmɪdˈhɛvən
oven
ˈʌvən
overleaven
ˌəʊvəˈlɛvən
proven
ˈpruːvən
raven
ˈreɪvən
seven
ˈsɛvən
Severn
ˈsɛvən
Stephen
ˈstiːvən
Sullivan
ˈsʌlɪvən
sweven
ˈswɛvən
woven
ˈwəʊvən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LEAVEN

leave no stone unturned
leave of absence
leave off
leave out
leave someone alone
leave someone cold
leave someone in the lurch
leave someone or something in the dust
leave someone to himself
leave someone to his own devices
leave the field
leave well alone
leave-taking
leaved
leavened bread
leavening
leavenous
Leavenworth
leaver
leaves

WORDS THAT END LIKE LEAVEN

Bremerhaven
clean-shaven
craven
Cuxhaven
daven
graven
hog heaven
in seventh heaven
maven
Milford Haven
New Haven
Newhaven
safe haven
seventh heaven
shaven
tax haven
Traven
tree of heaven
unshaven
Wilhelmshaven

Synonyms and antonyms of leaven in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LEAVEN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «leaven» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of leaven

Translation of «leaven» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LEAVEN

Find out the translation of leaven to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of leaven from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «leaven» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

levadura
570 millions of speakers

English

leaven
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ख़मीर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خميرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

закваска
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fermento
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

খামির
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

levain
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ragi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Sauerteig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

パン種
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

누룩
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Leaven
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

căn nguyên
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

புளித்தமாவைக்குறித்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खारटपणा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mayalamak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lievitare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zaczynem
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

закваска
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

aluat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προζύμι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

suurdeeg
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

surdeg
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

surdeig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of leaven

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LEAVEN»

The term «leaven» is regularly used and occupies the 92.815 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LEAVEN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about leaven

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2 QUOTES WITH «LEAVEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word leaven.
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Os Guinness
Jesus made clear that the Kingdom of God is organic and not organizational. It grows like a seed and it works like leaven: secretly, invisibly, surprisingly, and irresistibly.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon
I think you need humour and a sense of fun, which is what I try to bring to my books to leaven the danger and action. The ones that really transcend the genre always have a great laugh in them, such as 'Fright Night,' 'Lost Boys,' 'American Werewolf in London' - just to name a few.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LEAVEN»

Discover the use of leaven in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to leaven and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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As Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, ...
Envision Catholicism as a cultural force that shapes morality, the arts, creativity, cultural conversation, social justice, spirituality, and vocation.
Thomas M. Landy, 2001
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Leaven: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Proceeds from this book are used to expand the content and coverage of Websters Online Dictionary (www.websters-online-dictionary.org).
‎2008
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Like Leaven in the Dough: Protestant Social Thought in Latin ...
In Like Leaven in the Dough: Protestant Social Thought in Latin America, 1920-1950, Carlos Mondragón, offers an introduction to the ideas of notable Protestant writers in Latin America during the first half of the twentieth century.
Carlos Mondragón, 2010
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Leaven: A Black and White Story
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.
Douglas Blackburn, 2010
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Preacher, Or Ecclesiastical Pimp!: ... . . Beware of the ...
If you are a minister, have a minister, know a minister or know someone else that has or knows a minister, this book is an absolute must read.
Louis Timm's, 2007
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Salt, Leaven, and Light: The Community Called Church
This book traces the history of theology and the Church from its ancient beginnings to its relevance in the world today.
T. Howland Sanks, 1997
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The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens
The most common problems are death of a leaven, change in the apparent character of a leaven, or unreliability in the rising power of a leaven which works well sometimes but not all the time. It is my belief that these problems are usually  ...
Alan Scott, Daniel Wing, 1999
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All the Parables of the Bible
The use and non- use of leaven by the Israelites is summed up in the deep and searching word: "The iniquity of the holy things the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts" (Exodus 28:38). To the Jews, then, leaven was a symbol of ...
Herbert Lockyer, 1963
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The Three Divine Sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity. The ...
You choke the usurer with leaven when you tell him that his sins shall not be forgiven till his unjust gains be restored. You may as well prescribe the epicure leaven instead of bread, as set him the voider of abstinence instead of his table of  ...
Thomas ADAMS (D.D., Preacher at Willington, Bedfordshire, afterwards at St. Gregory's, London.), William Hendry STOWELL, 1847
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The Mishnah
Thus if wheaten leaven1 fell into wheaten dough2 and there was enough to leaven it, it is forbidden whether or not there was little enough for it to be neutralized in a hundred and one ; if there was not little enough for it to be neutralized in a ...
Herbert Danby, 1933

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LEAVEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term leaven is used in the context of the following news items.
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The system is intolerable: the change we need is in our hands - The …
I pray that Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of Bolivia, will allow this meeting of ours to be a leaven of change. An economy to administer ... «The Ecologist, Jul 15»
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Luxury Drive: With the all-new Giulia, Alfa Romeo strikes back …
To leaven the Italianate passion of the evening, Marchionne introduced “our team of skunks.” Yes, skunks — the nickname for the team of ... «The Providence Journal, Jul 15»
3
Last Day in the Dynamite Factory
Faulkner is careful to lavish plenty of warmth, homespun wisdom, even humour on the narrative to leaven the darkness that falls upon Chris, ... «The Saturday Paper, Jul 15»
4
China takes its Eurasian moment | East Asia Forum
The largely authoritarian Central Asian regimes have long bridled at Washington's tendency to leaven its commitments to the region with ... «East Asia Forum, Jul 15»
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When You Discover Sexual Immorality in the Church - Charisma News
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. "And do not let sexual immorality, or any impurity, or greed be named among you, as these are not ... «Charisma News, Jul 15»
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When You Discover Sexual Immorality in the Church — Charisma …
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. "And do not let sexual immorality, or any impurity, or greed be named among you, as these are not ... «Charisma News, Jul 15»
7
The Goods: Myths and facts about cocoa
Lots of carbon dioxide will properly leaven the cake and result in a nice height and lovely texture. Myth: Cocoa is too high in fat and calories to ... «Florida Times-Union, Jul 15»
8
The Confederate Flag and the 10 Commandments
Its sage advice includes: thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, the firstborn of a donkey shalt thou redeem with a lamb, and ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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What to Expect at a Seder
Different families observe the rules of avoiding even traces of leaven on Pesach with varying degrees of stringency, and it is probably safest to avoid giving food ... «Chabad.org, Jul 15»
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'Our faith is revolutionary': Pope Francis on the immorality of the …
... in such solidarity and be a leaven for change. The pope promises that “Mary is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice.”. «U.S. Catholic magazine, Jul 15»

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