sweeten up

phrasal verb

Definition of sweeten up 

informal

: to be very nice to (someone) in order to get something He's been trying to sweeten his mother up so she'll lend him the car.

Learn More about sweeten up

Share sweeten up

Statistics for sweeten up

Look-up Popularity

Comments on sweeten up

What made you want to look up sweeten up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!