pre·​sweet·​en ˌprē-ˈswē-tᵊn How to pronounce presweeten (audio)
variants or pre-sweeten
presweetened or pre-sweetened; presweetening or pre-sweetening

transitive verb

: to make (a food or beverage) sweet or sweeter in advance and especially during manufacture or preparation
A great way to presweeten a pitcher of iced tea is to add a simple or sugar syrup …Mary L. Lawrence
presweetened adjective
or pre-sweetened
If you are serving cereal, emphasize those made from whole grains and avoid the presweetened ones. Hope Ricciotti and Vincent Connelly

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of presweeten was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Presweeten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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