Definition of sweeten
sweeteningplay \ˈswēt-niŋ, ˈswē-tən-iŋ\
1 : to make sweet
2 : to soften the mood or attitude of
3 : to make less painful or trying
4 : to free from a harmful or undesirable quality or substance; especially : to remove sulfur compounds from sweeten natural gas
5 : to make more valuable or attractive sweeten the deal: such asa : to increase (a pot not won on the previous deal) by anteing prior to another dealb : to place additional securities as collateral for (a loan)
: to become sweet
sweetenerplay \ˈswēt-nər, ˈswē-tən-ər\ noun
Examples of sweeten in a Sentence
He sweetened his cereal a little.
He sweetened the deal with a large signing bonus.
Recent Examples of sweeten from the Web
That mixture is sweetened with pure cane sugar and carbonated.
Everything is sweetened by the fact that Venus, the planet of love and beauty, slides into your zone of fame and success Tuesday, making this month one of the absolute best of the year for you at work.
Depending upon the region, the beverage was sweetened with molasses or maple syrup.
Her red raspberry cheesecake was always my go-to, with fresh and barely sweetened whipped cream surrounding each tart and rich morsel of the cake itself.
But on-demand, custom-sweetened beverages, such as those mixed by a server or barista, aren't subject to the tax.
When Cook County announced a new beverage tax on sweetened drinks, syrups and powders, which goes into effect Saturday and that oddly enough includes artificially sweetened beverages, such as Diet Pepsi, the tax battle became personal.
A tax on sweetened beverages suddenly puts soda in the same category as cigarettes and liquor, making it a shameful indulgence.
In Belgium, though coffee is usually drunk without sweetening, 21 pounds of that sugar is disposed of yearly for each inhabitant.
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First Known Use of sweeten
SWEETEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sweeten for English Language Learners
: to make (something) sweet or sweeter in taste
: to make (something) more valuable or attractive
SWEETEN Defined for Kids
Definition of sweeten for Students
: to make or become sweet or sweeter
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