Definition of sweeten in English:

sweeten

Line breaks: sweet¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈswiːt(ə)n
 
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verb

  • 1Make or become sweet or sweeter, especially in taste: [with object]: a cup of coffee sweetened with saccharin [no object]: her smile sweetened
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    • Add 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened to taste
    • Stabilise wine with Potassium Sorbate at the final racking, sweeten to taste, then bottle.
    • Once the juice has cooled, remove the flavourings and sweeten to taste.
    Synonyms
    make sweet, add sugar to, sugar, sugar-coat, add honey to, add sweetener tofreshen, refresh, fresh, purify, deodorize, perfume
  • 1.1 [with object] Make more agreeable or acceptable: there is no way to sweeten the statement
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    • The former is an agreeable and clever portrait that domesticates and sweetens its subject's subversiveness.
    Synonyms
    soften, ease, alleviate, make agreeable, relieve, mitigate, make less painful, mellow, temper, cushion; embellish, embroider, dress up
  • 1.2 [with object] informal Induce (someone) to be well disposed or helpful to oneself: I am in the process of sweetening him up
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    Synonyms

Phrases

sweeten the pill

see pill1.

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