sweeten

verb sweet·en \ ˈswē-tᵊn \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of sweeten

sweetened; sweetening play \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 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)
: to become sweet

sweetener

play \ˈswēt-nər, ˈswē-tᵊn-ər\ noun

Examples of sweeten in a Sentence

  1. He sweetened his cereal a little.

  2. He sweetened the deal with a large signing bonus.

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First Known Use of sweeten

circa 1552

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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sweeten Synonyms



SWEETEN Defined for English Language Learners

sweeten

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

sweeten

verb sweet·en \ ˈswē-tᵊn \

Definition of sweeten for Students

sweetened; sweetening
: to make or become sweet or sweeter


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