Definition of sweetener in English:



  • 1A substance used to sweeten food or drink, especially one other than sugar.

    ‘diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners like saccharin’
    • ‘So why not cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners (which carry their own risks) and try sweetening your lemonade, smoothies and summer dessert recipes with xylitol, lo hart or stevia?’
    • ‘Avoid all artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and some diabetic foods as these are toxic to the liver and can cause hypoglycaemia and fatigue.’
    • ‘When you substitute artificial sweetener for real sugar, however, the body learns it can no longer use its sense of taste to gauge calories.’
    • ‘You can use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar.’
    • ‘Organic processed food is also different as many of the food additives, such as artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated fat, are not allowed.’
    • ‘Also don't give kids foods with the artificial sweetener aspartame, which can cause such side effects as excitability and mood swings.’
    • ‘It's about pharmaceuticals that also supply unlabeled ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, extracts, aromas, and all sorts of things.’
    • ‘But read the labels on some of these foods and you may find artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose on the ingredient lists, conveniently omitted from the front label.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's range is completely free from artificial colouring, sweeteners and preservatives and is available nationwide at Superquinn stores.’
    • ‘She boiled the kettle and made herself a strong cup of tea, adding her aunt's sweeteners instead of real sugar.’
    • ‘I must conclude that there is something about the combination of caffeine and artificial sweetener that makes this drink so special.’
    • ‘Alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeine, citrus drinks, artificial sweeteners and acidic foods may irritate your bladder.’
    • ‘Many avoid refined white sugar, using sweeteners like brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrate or stevia.’
    • ‘It also railed against Mexico's imposition of a 20 percent tax on beverages and syrups made with sweeteners other than cane sugar.’
    • ‘In 1926 the artificial sweetener saccharine was popularized.’
    • ‘The rats exhibited behavioral changes even when sugar was replaced with the artificial sweetener saccharin.’
    • ‘Foods which are most likely to cause problems are those laden with additives such as colourings, flavourings, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.’
    • ‘There is no sugar or artificial sweetener in the whole world that could ever be that sweet (not even sugar).’
    • ‘Often, bodybuilders will substitute diet sodas and powdered drink mixes with artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar calories.’
    • ‘One of this drink's chief ingredients is the artificial sweetener aspartame.’
    1. 1.1British informal An inducement, typically in the form of money or a concession.
      ‘a sweetener may persuade them to sell’
      • ‘As more developers offer sweeteners to lure flat buyers, Guangzhou Investment has come up with a "buy one, get one free" incentive for up to two home purchasers at its Pokfulam Terrace project.’
      • ‘Parents in South Lakeland are being offered cash sweeteners to persuade them not to take their youngsters out of school in term time.’
      • ‘Cities spent decades dangling tax breaks and other financial sweeteners to attract big business.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Scotland on Sunday can also reveal that the Beatson, which treats 8,000 new patients a year, has been trying to lure new doctors by offering £16,000 sweeteners.’
      • ‘A considerable sweetener that may be welcome by those who have pumped money into Rotherham but perhaps not by the paying punters who will feel cheated.’
      • ‘These are the statistics, the sweeteners and the rewards of tortuous negotiations.’
      • ‘The money was a sweetener to speed the release of Anderson and other kidnapped Americans.’
      • ‘Mr Cullen has also added an extra €5,000 sweetener to encourage Senators to take the package, according to the Opposition parties.’
      • ‘Fine Gael also claimed the money was being used as a sweetener to buy votes in next year's local and European elections because the projects will only then be coming on stream.’
      • ‘Logic have recently been offering sweeteners to try to encourage people to sign up, but they've been pretty unimpressive.’
      • ‘However, its chairman, Len Picken, believes the only solution may be the development of a teaching hospital and a series of sweeteners offered to young graduates to encourage them to stay on.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, the Abbey National is offering a #50 cashback sweetener to encourage borrowers to stick with them, ‘because life's complicated enough’.’
      • ‘The Budget was derided by many as an election sweetener, offering up liberal cash incentives to families with young children.’