One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A substance used in dough or batter to make it rise, such as yeast or baking powder.‘during the 18th century yeast was abandoned as a leavening for fruit cakes’as mass noun ‘everything will be made with natural leavening and wholegrain flour’
2A quality or element that permeates and modifies or transforms something for the better.‘underneath the frills and fuss there's a leavening of serious intent’
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