sweeten

verb
sweet·​en | \ ˈswē-tᵊn How to pronounce sweeten (audio) \
sweetened; sweetening\ ˈswēt-​niŋ How to pronounce sweetening (audio) , ˈswē-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of sweeten

transitive verb

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)

intransitive verb

: to become sweet

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Other Words from sweeten

sweetener \ ˈswēt-​nər How to pronounce sweetener (audio) , ˈswē-​tᵊn-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for sweeten

Synonyms

candy, dress up, enhance

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Examples of sweeten in a Sentence

He sweetened his cereal a little. He sweetened the deal with a large signing bonus.

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Serve slices of the pie with lightly sweetened whipped cream or crème fraiche. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old-fashioned icebox pies are easy and delicious," 4 June 2019 The company sweetened the deal to win approval after facing pressure from shareholders, boosting the cash component from an initial offer of $12 billion. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Tracking Stock for VMware Slides Ahead of Dell’s Return to Public Market," 24 Dec. 2018 Giving the money back to consumers could sweeten the deal for taxpayers, but other parts of the plan are intended to foster support from other quarters. John Schwartz, New York Times, "New Group, With Conservative Credentials, Plans Push for a Carbon Tax," 19 June 2018 The deadline was extended more than 20 times as negotiators exchanged proposals and iHeart sweetened the terms. Emma Orr And Tiffany Kary, chicagotribune.com, "Nation's largest radio broadcaster iHeart files for bankruptcy with last-minute creditor deal," 15 Mar. 2018 The deadline was extended more than 20 times as negotiators exchanged proposals and iHeart sweetened the terms. Bloomberg.com, "IHeart Files for Bankruptcy With Last-Minute Creditor Deal," 15 Mar. 2018 The deadline was extended more than 20 times as negotiators exchanged proposals and iHeart sweetened the terms. Fortune, "Thanks, Spotify! Radio Broadcaster iHeartMedia Files for Bankruptcy Under Pressure from Competitors," 15 Mar. 2018 The deadline was extended more than 20 times as negotiators exchanged proposals and iHeart sweetened the terms. Bloomberg News, NOLA.com, "IHeartMedia, largest US radio station owner, files for bankruptcy," 15 Mar. 2018 The deadline was extended more than 20 times as negotiators exchanged proposals and iHeart sweetened the terms. Bloomberg News, cleveland.com, "IHeartMedia, owner of 12 radio stations in Northeast Ohio, files for bankruptcy," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sweeten

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of sweeten was circa 1552

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sweeten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sweeten

: to make (something) sweet or sweeter in taste
: to make (something) more valuable or attractive

sweeten

verb
sweet·​en | \ ˈswē-tᵊn How to pronounce sweeten (audio) \
sweetened; sweetening

Kids Definition of sweeten

: to make or become sweet or sweeter

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