verb sweet·en \ˈswē-tən\
: to make (something) sweet or sweeter in taste
: to make (something) more valuable or attractive
sweet·enedsweet·en·ing \ˈswēt-niŋ, ˈswē-tən-iŋ\
: to soften the mood or attitude of
: to make less painful or trying
: to free from a harmful or undesirable quality or substance; especially : to remove sulfur compounds from <sweeten natural gas>
: to make more valuable or attractive <sweeten the deal>: as
a : to increase (a pot not won on the previous deal) by anteing prior to another deal
b : to place additional securities as collateral for (a loan)
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Examples of SWEETEN
- He sweetened his cereal a little.
- He sweetened the deal with a large signing bonus.
First Known Use of SWEETEN
: to make or become sweet or sweeter