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Definition of the verb sweeten

What does sweeten mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sweetened | sweetening | sweetens

  1. make sweeter in taste
  2. make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable
    • example: sweeten a deal
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different

Alternative definition of the verb sweeten

verb

  1. [transitive] To make sweet to the taste; as, to 'sweeten' tea.
  2. [transitive] To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to 'sweeten' life; to 'sweeten' friendship.
  3. [transitive] To make mild or kind; to soften; as, to 'sweeten' the temper.
  4. [transitive] To make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to 'sweeten' the cares of life.
  5. [transitive] To soften to the eye; to make delicate.
  6. [transitive] To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to 'sweeten' rooms or apartments that have been infected; to 'sweeten;;; the air.
  7. [transitive] To make warm and fertile; — opposed to sour; as, to dry and 'sweeten' soils.
  8. [transitive] To restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to 'sweeten' water, butter, or meat.
  9. [transitive] To make more attractive; — said of offers in negotiations, as, to sweeten the deal by increasing the price offered.
  10. [intransitive] To become sweet.

Phrases with sweeten

  1. Sweeten Up
  2. Sweeten the Pot
  3. To Sweeten Up
  4. to sweeten

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for sweeten

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Google previewDairy Produce (1915)

Sour cream when mixed with fruit juices and sweetened will freeze smooth and velvety. Orange juice with sour cream and sugar to Sweeten is a combination especially tasty and delightful. Mix and freeze as an ice cream. Rasp' rr_\', grape ...

Google previewHistory of Lecithin and Phospholipids (1850-2016) (2016)

Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook, Including Phosphatides and Liposomes by William Shurtleff; Akiko Aoyagi

Mary Kinney Sweeten is a nutrition specialist with Texas A&M University's Agricultural Extension Service, says that the health claims being made for lecithin are based on the fact that it contains choline. A lack of choline has been ...

Google previewHistory of U.S. Federal and State Governments' Work with Soybeans (1862-2017) (2017)

Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook by William Shurtleff; Akiko Aoyagi

Mary Kinney Sweeten is a nutrition specialist with Texas A&M University's Agricultural Extension Service, says that the health claims being made for lecithin are based on the fact that it contains choline. A lack of choline has been ...

Google previewThe Wisconsin Agriculturist (1915)

1915

Orange juice With Sour cream and Sugar to SWeeten is a combination especially tasty and delightful. Mix and freeze as an ice cream. Raspberry, grape juice or peach juice are others. Lemon is such an acid and the sour cream also an acid ...

Google previewThe cooks and confectioners dictionary: or, The accomplish'd housewives companion. The second edition with additions. or rather, compiled Revised and recommended by John Nott, etc (1726)

BOIL three Pints os Cream, wit some Nutmeg; sweeten a Pint of Wine in a Bason, set it over some Em- si bers to warm a little; pour your Cream toitgstir it, and let it stand fimmering over the Fire for an Hour and a half. 208. To make a Pellet the ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

sweeten. See sugar/sweeten the PILL.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

sweeten the pill:seesugar the pillatPILL.

Google previewThe Cook's Dictionary and House-keeper's Directory (1830)

A New Family Manual of Cookery and Confectionery, on a Plan of Ready Reference, Never Hitherto Attempted by Richard Dolby

Sweeten it, and pour ...

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Usage statistics about sweeten

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb sweeten and its most common antonym:

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Sweeten the deal

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Sweeten Meaning

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Quotes about sweeten

A cup must be bitter that a smile will not sweeten.
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Scrabble value of S1W4E1E1T1E1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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