"leaven" Definition

  1. n. Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders it light; yeast; barm.
  2. n. Anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass.
  3. v. t. To make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment.
  4. v. t. To imbue; to infect; to vitiate.

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Position in dictionary: 56535 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n., n., v. t., v. t.,
Words that start with "leaven": 4
Words that end with "leaven": 2
Words that contain "leaven": 6
Next words in dictionary: leavened, leavening, leavenous, leaver, leaves, leaviness, leaving, leavings, leavy, leban
Previous words in dictionary: leaveless, leaved, leave-taking, leave, leathery, leatherwood, leatherneck, leathern, leathering, leatherhead

English Dictionary Definition of leaven

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