sweet·​en·​ing ˈswēt-niŋ How to pronounce sweetening (audio)
: something that sweetens

Examples of sweetening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 6 Best Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds Sweeter fruits can be blended and frozen without additional sweetening. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 17 Aug. 2023 Even strapped to a middling thriller, a gonzo Cage does wonders here, making the sweetening of coffee an exercise in madness. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 27 July 2023 Do this and do not let sorrow die for it is the sweetening of every gift. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 14 June 2023 There are a few key factors that can affect the taste of tea, including the type of tea, the water temperature, the steeping time, and the method of sweetening. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 16 May 2023 But Carmella felt like the biggest heel in this match, although crowd sweetening may have played a role. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 21 June 2022 And sweetening is something Broadway, at its best, is uniquely suited to do. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Our choice today is glazed doughnut, because a little sweetening can be a good thing. Ed Silverman, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 Ezrin: There was some resistance from the band to the idea of putting sweetening on anything. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 29 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweetening was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Sweetening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetening. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the act or process of making sweet
: something that sweetens
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