Definition of sweeten
sweeteningplay \ˈswēt-niŋ, ˈswē-tən-iŋ\
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 asa : to increase (a pot not won on the previous deal) by anteing prior to another dealb : to place additional securities as collateral for (a loan)
: to become sweet
sweetenerplay \ˈswēt-nər, ˈswē-tən-ər\ noun
Examples of sweeten in a Sentence
He sweetened his cereal a little.
He sweetened the deal with a large signing bonus.
Recent Examples of sweeten from the Web
So have soda pop, sports and energy drinks such as Red Bull and Gatorade, some fruit drinks such as Sunny D and sweetened teas such as those sold by Arizona.
The lender also has been buffeted by intensifying competition for its wealthy clients, prompting Chief Executive Officer Ken Chenault to shuffle top managers, boost spending on marketing and sweeten rewards to keep customers.
Hailing from Naples, Italy, sanguinaccio dolce is pig's blood sweetened with milk and chocolate.
To sweeten the legislation for Republicans on the fence before the vote, the GOP added in more money for those risk pools.
Superhero movies have sweetened the experience with post-credit scenes that make sitting through the names a little less tedious.
The result is a unique and useful bit of tech, enough like a laptop to take over for one, and with tablet tricks to sweeten the deal.
The flavor was definitely there, but the candy was sweetened to the point of nearly wiping the flavoring out.
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First Known Use of sweeten
SWEETEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sweeten for English Language Learners
: to make (something) sweet or sweeter in taste
: to make (something) more valuable or attractive
SWEETEN Defined for Kids
Definition of sweeten for Students
: to make or become sweet or sweeter
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