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adjective \ˈswēt\

Definition of sweet

  1. 1a (1) :  pleasing to the taste (2) :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is typically induced by disaccharides and is mediated especially by receptors in taste buds at the front of the tongue — compare bitter, salt, sourb (1) of a beverage :  containing a sweetening ingredient :  not dry (2) of wine :  retaining a portion of natural sugar

  2. 2a :  pleasing to the mind or feelings :  agreeable, gratifying —often used as a generalized term of approval how sweet it isb :  marked by gentle good humor or kindliness a sweet dispositionc :  fragrant a sweet aromad (1) :  delicately pleasing to the ear or eye a sweet melody (2) :  played in a straightforward melodic style sweet jazze :  saccharine, cloyingf :  very good or appealing a sweet job offer a sweet sports car

  3. 3 :  much loved :  dear

  4. 4a :  not sour, rancid, decaying, or stale :  wholesome sweet milkb :  not salt or salted :  fresh sweet water sweet butterc :  free from excessive acidity —used especially of soild :  free from noxious gases and odorse :  free from excess of acid, sulfur, or corrosive salts sweet crude oil

  5. 5 :  skillful, proficient a sweet golf swing

  6. 6 —used as an intensive take your own sweet time

sweetly

adverb

sweetness

noun

sweet on

  1. :  having a crush on

Examples of sweet in a sentence

  1. She likes her coffee sweet.

  2. That candy is too sweet.

  3. He's a really sweet guy.

  4. She has a sweet smile.

  5. It was sweet of her to take care of them.

Origin and Etymology of sweet

Middle English swete, from Old English swēte; akin to Old High German suozi sweet, Latin suadēre to urge, suavis sweet, Greek hēdys


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sweet

adverb

Definition of sweet

  1. :  in a sweet manner

13th Century

First Known Use of sweet

13th century


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sweet

noun

Definition of sweet

  1. 1 :  something that is sweet to the taste: such asa :  a food (as a candy or preserve) having a high sugar content fill up on sweetsb British :  dessertc British :  hard candy

  2. 2 :  a sweet taste sensation

  3. 3 :  a pleasant or gratifying experience, possession, or state

  4. 4 :  darling, sweetheart

  5. 5a archaic :  fragranceb sweets plural, archaic :  things having a sweet smell

Examples of sweet in a sentence

  1. I'm trying to cut down on sweets.

  2. remember to brush your teeth after eating sweets

14th Century

First Known Use of sweet

14th century


Sweet

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biographical name \ˈswēt\

Definition of Sweet

  1. Henry 1845–1912 English phonetician



SWEET Defined for English Language Learners

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sweet

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adjective \ˈswēt\

Definition of sweet for English Language Learners

  • : containing a lot of sugar

  • : very gentle, kind, or friendly

  • : very pretty or cute


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sweet

noun

Definition of sweet for English Language Learners

  • : a food that contains a lot of sugar : a sweet food

  • : a piece of candy

  • : a sweet food served at the end of a meal


SWEET Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈswēt\

Definition of sweet for Students

sweeter

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sweetest

  1. 1 :  containing or tasting of sugar sweet muffins

  2. 2 :  having a pleasant sound, smell, or appearance a sweet fragrance sweet voices

  3. 3 :  very gentle, kind, or friendly a sweet personality It was sweet of you to remember.

  4. 4 :  pleasing to the mind or feelings :  agreeable sweet memories

  5. 5 :  much loved :  dear my sweet child

  6. 6 :  agreeable to oneself but not to others You took your sweet time!

  7. 7 :  not sour, stale, or spoiled sweet milk

  8. 8 :  not salt or salted sweet butter

  9. 9 :  having a mild taste :  not sharp sweet peppers

sweetly

adverb

sweetness

noun

sweet on

  1. :  in love with


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sweet

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noun

Definition of sweet for Students

  1. 1 :  something (as candy) that contains or tastes of sugar

  2. 2 :  1darling 1, dear


Medical Dictionary

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sweet

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adjective \ˈswēt\

Medical Definition of sweet

  1. :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is typically induced by disaccharides and is mediated especially by receptors in taste buds at the front of the tongue—compare bitter, salt 2, sour

sweetness

noun

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sweet

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Medical Definition of sweet

  1. 1:  something that is sweet to the taste; especially :  a food (as a candy or preserve) having a high sugar content don't fill up on sweets

  2. 2:  a sweet taste sensation



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