sugar

noun
sug·​ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods
b : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness, include the monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, and typically are optically active
2 : a unit (such as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar
3 : a sugar bowl

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring\ ˈshu̇-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce sugaring (audio) \

Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make palatable or attractive : sweeten a story sugared with romance
2 : to sprinkle or mix with sugar

intransitive verb

1 : to form or be converted into sugar
2 : to become granular
3 : to make maple syrup or maple sugar

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Other Words from sugar

Noun

sugarless \ ˈshu̇-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce sugarless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sugar in a Sentence

Noun

Would you pass the sugar, please? Do you take sugar in your coffee? Coffee with two sugars and milk, please.

Verb

The clean fruit is then dried and sugared. They've been sugaring since they were children.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This Instagrammable treat comes with long lines and chronic sugar highs. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 new OMG-good extreme ice cream shops in the Bay Area," 1 July 2019 For $3, a fairgoer could feed sugar water to orange butterflies with a cotton swab and then watch butterfly wrangler John Dailey release new butterflies to replenish the stock. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Horse-racing diehards at Pleasanton track concede sport needs to be made safe in wake of new law," 27 June 2019 This could cripple livelihoods across the predominantly agricultural country, where 80% of water is used to irrigate thirsty crops such as sugar cane and rice. Jessie Yeung, Helen Regan And Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water," 19 June 2019 He was supported and trained by the United States, who benefitted from expanding its sugar cane production. Annika Hom, BostonGlobe.com, "A Dominican Republic primer," 19 June 2019 Volcanic rocks typically contain naturally radioactive minerals—our sugar cookie sprinkles. Erin Dimaggio, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Date Fossils?," 13 June 2019 The combination of gelato with our layered whipped creams, brownies, mousses, sugar cookies and more makes for the most perfect ice cream sundae in a jar. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Talenti's New Layered Pints with Jars by Dani Are the Ultimate Sundae in a Jar," 13 June 2019 Another team developed a campus-to-town transport system, vital for co-eds itching to get away from the sugar-cane fields surrounding the university for something more lively. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 Measures like local numbing or pain-blocking medication, the presence of a parent, sugar water, and a quiet room are used to make the experience more comfortable. Rita Giordano, https://www.inquirer.com, "Art exhibit in Northern Liberties stirs up debate over circumcising infants," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Extravagance of personality is one way in which the pill can be sugared, and the public induced to look at works dealing with ideas. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson, the Brexit Illusionist," 28 June 2019 The cake had an autumnal theme, complete with sugared ivy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 Avelar sat on a stool by her side, a sugared donut between her fingers. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 When ready to serve cheesecake, remove side of pan. Garnish with sugared cranberries. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe," 17 Mar. 2015 Admission, $15 adults, $10 children 3-12, provides breakfast, tour of sugaring operation, views of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery and spinning and weaving until 4 p.m. 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 44210; 330-666-3711. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Where to find real maple syrup pancake breakfasts and trips to the sugarbush (photos)," 7 Mar. 2018 The kids were thrilled and sugared up, filling baskets with chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs—and, for the first time in their lives, Peeps. Jason Gay, WSJ, "There’s No Such Thing as Free Baseball. Or is There?," 2 Apr. 2018 There was also a chance to meet and pet an assortment of donkeys and draft horses of the types historically used to transport maple sap across farmers' fields during sugaring season. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Taste Of Maple Draws A Crowd To Blue Slope," 21 Mar. 2018 The free event will teach tree biology and identification, why sap flows, tapping, collecting methods, sugarbush management, producing the finished product, canning and packaging, as well as local sugaring history. cleveland.com, "How sweet is thy weekend, Valentine? Let me count three ways (photos)," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sugar

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sugar

Noun

Middle English sugre, sucre, from Anglo-French sucre, from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, ultimately from Sanskrit śarkarā; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble — more at crocodile

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sugar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet substance usually in the form of white or brown crystals or white powder that comes from plants and is used to make foods sweeter
: the amount of sugar in one spoonful, lump, packet, etc.
technical : any one of various substances that are found in plants and that your body uses or stores for energy

sugar

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put sugar on or in (something)
US : to make maple syrup or maple sugar by boiling sap from maple trees

sugar

noun
sug·​ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

Kids Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sweet material that consists essentially of sucrose obtained from sugarcane or sugar beets, is typically colorless or white when pure, and is commonly used to sweeten foods and beverages
2 : any of numerous soluble and usually sweet carbohydrates (as glucose or sucrose) that occur naturally especially in plants

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring

Kids Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mix, cover, or sprinkle with sugar The baker sugared the doughnuts.

sugar

noun
sug·​ar | \ ˈshu̇g-ər How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

Medical Definition of sugar

1 : a sweet crystallizable substance that consists chiefly of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure and tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative for other foods and for drugs and in the chemical industry as an intermediate
2 : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness and comprise the oligosaccharides including sucrose

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