leaven leaven  /ˈlɛ vən/


  1. (n) a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
  2. (n) an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
  3. (v) cause to puff up with a leaven



  1. The great man needed to leaven his tried-and-tested approaches with a dash of the newand when he learned to do so the magic returned.
  2. The band has a refreshing scruffiness but except for Joe gets too little screen time to leaven the formula slickness.
  3. Most Kenyan Muslims are Sunnis and leaven their faith with pre-Islamic African traditions and beliefs.


  • The kingdom of God we find as we walk God’s chosen path of grace

    Jesus said, “[The kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it” (verses 18, 19). “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened” (verse 21).
    on July 3, 2013     Source: The News-Reporter


  1. Pope Benedict said he hoped the Knights would "discover new ways to serve as leaven of the Gospel in the world and a force for the renewal of the church in holiness and apostolic zeal."
    on Oct 3, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Catholic Weekly

  2. Priestley said of the immigrants in his English Journey, published in 1934: "They were different, and brought more to the city than bank drafts and lists of customers. They acted as a leaven, just as a colony of typical West Riding folk would act as...
    on Jun 25, 2010 By: JB Priestley Source: The Guardian

  3. Being a people of hope, the Pope called on Americans to "continue to be a leaven of evangelical hope in American society, striving to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to the task of building an ever more just and free world for generations...
    on Apr 17, 2008 By: Pope John Paul II Source: Catholic News Agency

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