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leavenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈlev.ən/
to ​add a ​substance to ​bread or another ​food made with ​flour to make it ​increase in ​size when it is ​cooked formal to make something less ​boring: Even a ​speech on a ​serioussubject should be leavened with a little ​humour.
(Definition of leaven from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “leaven”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使发酵, 使变得有趣…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使發酵, 使變得有趣…
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