leavening leavening  /ˈlɛ və nɪŋ/


  1. (n) an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
  2. (n) a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid



  1. The agents of fermentation, of leavening, of caramelizing are no longer mysteries.
  2. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays as he burns food containing leavening in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem prior to the start of the Passover holiday.
  3. Precise, sure, but her loveless life still needs a bit of leavening.


  • Chill Out At Reggae In The Desert Music Fest

    It's the musical equivalent of a cool breeze leavening the June heat. With the return of Reggae in the Desert, it's time to chill out and enjoy some mood enhancement that doesn't require a prescription. The annual festival is the antidote to road rage,
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal


  1. "The danger of too much government is matched by the perils of too little," said Obama. "That without the leavening hand of wise policy, markets can crash, monopolies can stifle competition, the vulnerable can be exploited. And [our...
    on Sep 10, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Newsweek

  2. "People associate baking with eggs, butter and cow's milk, but it's more accurate to say baked goods need fat, moisture and leavening," says Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of "The Joy of Vegan Baking."
    on Oct 24, 2007 By: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Source: Springfield State Journal Register

  3. Benedict XVI concluded by expressing the hope that the forthcoming beatification of Father José Olallo Valdés "may give fresh impulse to your service to the Church and the people of Cuba, always being a leavening for reconciliation, justice and...
    on May 2, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Zenit News Agency

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