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Definition of leaven verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(also leavening
[often passive] leaven something (with something) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leaven
he / she / it leavens
past simple leavened
-ing form leavening
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to make something more interesting or cheerful by adding something to it Her speech was leavened with a touch of humor.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leaven

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