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

Definition of sweetening

: something that sweetens

Examples of sweetening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nestle SA has found a way to create chocolate without adding any sugar, relying on leftover material from cocoa plants for sweetening as consumers look for natural and healthier fare. Corinne Gretler, Fortune, "Nestle Finds a New Method for Making Chocolate Without Adding Sugar," 16 July 2019 The sweetening of these treats is the tricky part, and that is where Conway’s earlier career comes into play. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "At Philly’s new keto-friendly bakery Dessertcrazy, there’s no wheat flour or sugar to be found. Here’s how they do it.," 4 June 2019 Corporate governance experts expect Hyundai to come back with more substantive changes than a simple sweetening of the merger terms. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Hyundai Car-Parts Affiliate Calls Off Deal Opposed by U.S. Hedge Fund," 21 May 2018 This isn’t about the calories inherent in candy, but rather about glycyrrhizin, the natural sweetening compound that comes from the licorice root. David Meyer, Fortune, "FDA Gives You One More Reason to Hate Black Licorice This Halloween," 31 Oct. 2017 Glycyrrhizin is a sweetening compound derived from licorice root, and this ingredient is found in black licorice. Kara Taylor, NBC News, "Don’t Binge on All the Black Licorice at Once, FDA Warns," 31 Oct. 2017 Black licorice contains a sweetening compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in potassium levels. Cassandra Santiago And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Don't accidentally overdose on black licorice this Halloween, the FDA warns," 31 Oct. 2017 Seems that glycyrrhizin, the sweetening compound derived from licorice root, can cause potassium levels to decrease, which can result in abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, edema, even congestive heart failure. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Halloween weather in Miami? More treat than trick, forecasters say," 31 Oct. 2017 Black licorice contains a sweetening compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, according to the FDA. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Black licorice may be a tricky treat for your heart, FDA advises," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sweetening

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweetening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetening. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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sweet·​en·​ing | \ ˈswē-tᵊn-iŋ \

Kids Definition of sweetening

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

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