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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Kathy Fang, chef and co-owner of the San Francisco restaurant Fang, suggested brewing noncaffeinated hot teas, naturally sweetened with goji berries or dates. NBC News, "Try these traditional Chinese medicine practices for self-care during quarantine," 14 May 2020 Fans of nut butters will love Once Again’s Maple Almond Butter with Natural Vanilla Flavor ($10), which is made with unblanched almonds, dry-roasted to ensure peak flavor and then delicately sweetened with a touch of pure maple syrup and vanilla. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Stay-at-home edition," 30 Apr. 2020 These chewy bars get some tang from sour cream and are sweetened with brown and white sugars. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Out of Butter, Eggs, Flour, Or Milk? Here's What You Can Bake Without Essential Ingredients," 1 Apr. 2020 Study warns of diet drinks' health risks for women 50 and older One group was given a beverage sweetened with sucralose, the equivalent of two packets of Splenda. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Artificial sweeteners may make healthy people sick when paired with carbs, study says," 13 Mar. 2020 The brand’s Vanilla Almond Butter flavor is made up of grain-free clusters and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 Made with almond and coconut flours and sweetened with Swerve, an erythritol brand, each serving is 2 net carbs. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Keto desserts: 3 local places to find ‘sinless’ doughnuts, king cake and more," 17 Jan. 2020 Yet this very synopsis risks evoking exactly the sentimentality, the artificially sweetened amiability, and the facility that Vogel himself had suspected Rogers of propagating with his show and his public persona. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Wondrous Heroism of Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 21 Nov. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Findings around fruit juice and artificially-sweetened drinks such as diet soda—both of which are often seen as healthier options than soda—may be more surprising. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Cutting Down on Sugary Beverages? Here's What to Drink Instead, According to a New Study," 3 Oct. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweeten. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweeten

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


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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