- vt. 使发酵；影响
- vi. 渐变
- n. 酵母；酵素；潜移默化的影响
- leaven (n.)
- mid-14c., from Old French levain "leaven, sourdough" (12c.), from Latin levamen "alleviation, mitigation," but used in Vulgar Latin in its literal sense of "a means of lifting, something that raises," from levare "to raise" (see lever). Figurative use from late 14c.
- leaven (v.)
- c. 1400, from leaven (n.). Related: Leavened; leavening.
- 1. A few jokes add leaven to a boring speech.
- 2. He found congenial officers who knew how to leaven war's rigours with riotous enjoyment.
- 3. The leaven of reform was working.
- 4. You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defence.
- 5. These men have been the leaven in the lump of the race.
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