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’
    • ‘Add 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened to taste’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stonyfield Farm's recently introduced Light Yogurt Smoothie is fatfree and naturally sweetened with less sugar and calories than traditional smoothies.’
    • ‘After all, lactose is from the same general family as sucrose, the table sugar we use to sweeten coffee and tea.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘When people want to sweeten something bitter, they add something sweet.’
    • ‘Sugar, redcurrant jelly, and sometimes chocolate are now used as sweetening agents in agrodolce sauces for meat.’
    • ‘Prior to that time honey was the only sweetening agent available to them.’
    • ‘Soak (don't boil) them in water for at least half an hour and sweeten to taste (ideally with honey).’
    • ‘Once the juice has cooled, remove the flavourings and sweeten to taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Condiments, sweetening agents and spices may be added according to individual preferences.’
    • ‘A thick, soy-based sauce used in Indonesian cooking, sweetened with palm sugar and often seasoned with garlic.’
    • ‘Clearly the big consumers of sugar are looking for lower cost alternatives to sugar for sweetening agents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1with 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.’
      soften, ease, alleviate, make agreeable, relieve, mitigate, make less painful, mellow, temper, cushion
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    2. 1.2informal with object Induce (someone) to be well disposed or helpful to oneself.
      ‘I am in the process of sweetening him up’
      • ‘Catholics dominate the lower levels of the party, so to get on a young, aspiring politician has to sweeten these people.’
      • ‘I forgive him because he has enough style to try and sweeten me with champagne.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In other words, people sometimes sweeten their stories, particularly if there is a financial incentive.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His employers at Guthy-Renker were making it even tougher by sweetening his package to persuade him to stay.’
      • ‘The Times's John Diamond, who died last year, sweetened his personal account of carcinoma of the tongue with gentle humour.’
      mollify, placate, soothe, soften, soften up, mellow, pacify, appease, win over
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Pronunciation

sweeten

/ˈswiːt(ə)n/