Definition of sweeten in English:

sweeten

verb

  • 1Make or become sweet or sweeter, especially in taste.

    [with object] ‘a cup of coffee sweetened with saccharin’
    [no object] ‘her smile sweetened’
    • ‘After all, lactose is from the same general family as sucrose, the table sugar we use to sweeten coffee and tea.’
    • ‘Add 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened to taste’
    • ‘Sugar, redcurrant jelly, and sometimes chocolate are now used as sweetening agents in agrodolce sauces for meat.’
    • ‘No social gathering is complete without drinking a ti-punch (straight rum with a twist of lemon sweetened with cane sugar) or a planteur (fruit juice and rum).’
    • ‘The mixture is greenish white in color and when sweetened to taste is relished by nearly every one.’
    • ‘Today I had strawberries on bread, with sugar on top to sweeten the taste.’
    • ‘Once the juice has cooled, remove the flavourings and sweeten to taste.’
    • ‘Soak (don't boil) them in water for at least half an hour and sweeten to taste (ideally with honey).’
    • ‘Global majors such as Coca Cola and Beatrice Foods are said to use Stevia extracts as sweetening agents in foods sold across Japan, Brazil and other countries.’
    • ‘Thirty minutes later, Wiley and Dexter were eating oatmeal straight out of the pan sweetened with a little sugar and washing it down with a glass of reconstituted powdered milk.’
    • ‘Condiments, sweetening agents and spices may be added according to individual preferences.’
    • ‘Prior to that time honey was the only sweetening agent available to them.’
    • ‘Soda, fruit juice, sweets, protein shakes sweetened with sugar and other forms of sugary foods should be reduced so you can include white bread in your diet without adding unwanted bodyfat.’
    • ‘Fat and sweetening agents were eventually introduced to the mix, which may have compromised the dough's shelf life but certainly enhanced its gustatory appeal.’
    • ‘When people want to sweeten something bitter, they add something sweet.’
    • ‘Clearly the big consumers of sugar are looking for lower cost alternatives to sugar for sweetening agents.’
    • ‘Stabilise wine with Potassium Sorbate at the final racking, sweeten to taste, then bottle.’
    • ‘It is recommended that molasses or honey be used as sweetening agents in lieu of sugar.’
    • ‘Stonyfield Farm's recently introduced Light Yogurt Smoothie is fatfree and naturally sweetened with less sugar and calories than traditional smoothies.’
    • ‘A thick, soy-based sauce used in Indonesian cooking, sweetened with palm sugar and often seasoned with garlic.’
    make sweet, add sugar to, sugar, sugar-coat, add honey to, add sweetener to
    freshen, refresh, fresh, purify, deodorize, perfume
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    1. 1.1[with object]Make more agreeable or acceptable.
      ‘there is no way to sweeten the statement’
      • ‘The former is an agreeable and clever portrait that domesticates and sweetens its subject's subversiveness.’
    2. 1.2informal [with object]Induce (someone) to be well disposed or helpful to oneself.
      ‘I am in the process of sweetening him up’
      • ‘But surely, occasionally, it is tempting for a Suez operative to sweeten some local politician in parts of the world where such payments are de rigueur?’
      • ‘His employers at Guthy-Renker were making it even tougher by sweetening his package to persuade him to stay.’
      • ‘The pair, who will dodge mine fields in Senegal and sweeten border officials with a supply of football T-shirts, will travel across France and Spain before catching the boat to Morocco and heading south to Banjul.’
      • ‘I forgive him because he has enough style to try and sweeten me with champagne.’
      • ‘Catholics dominate the lower levels of the party, so to get on a young, aspiring politician has to sweeten these people.’
      • ‘Labour accused Environment Minister Martin Cullen of being like Santa Claus for trying to sweeten voters when he announces the €19.5 million urban renewal and Border grant package today.’
      • ‘Maybe used to sweeten the teacher up if you've misbehaved?’
      • ‘In other words, people sometimes sweeten their stories, particularly if there is a financial incentive.’
      • ‘The Times's John Diamond, who died last year, sweetened his personal account of carcinoma of the tongue with gentle humour.’

Phrases

  • sweeten the pill

Pronunciation:

sweeten

/ˈswiːt(ə)n/