- to make sweet, as by adding sugar.
- to make mild or kind; soften.
- to lessen the acridity or pungency of (a food) by prolonged cooking.
- to reduce the saltiness of (a food or dish) by diluting with water, milk, or other liquid.
- to make (the breath, room air, etc.) sweet or fresh, as with a mouthwash, spray, etc.
- (in musical recording) to add musical instruments to (an arrangement), especially strings for a lusher sound.
- to make (the stomach, soil, etc.) less acidic, as by means of certain preparations, chemicals, etc.
- to remove sulfur and its compounds from (oil or gas).
- to enhance the value of (loan collateral) by including additional or especially valuable securities.
- to add to the value or attractiveness of (any proposition, holding, etc.).
- to add more liquor to (an alcoholic drink).
- Poker. to add stakes to (a pot) before opening.
Origin of sweeten
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He poured milk into the tea, and then poured the tea into the bowl on top of the cereal, turning it into a sweetened mush.Arafat’s Polonium Poisoning Mystery Resurfaces
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And so Europeans sweetened it, giving us so-called tonic water, the “tonic” being the antidote to malaria.A Malaria Vaccine That Cuts 46% of Infections Is a 100% a Big Deal
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Slice tarte into individual pieces and garnish with a dollop of sweetened mascarpone.Divine Apple Dishes
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We sweetened our cakes wid molasses, and dey was plenty sweet too.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
He sweetened his tea with some sugar from another package, and sliced a lemon into it.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
It was sweetened by maple-sugar; and each helped himself to cream to his own liking.The Desert Home
Our joy at being chosen for this enterprise, sweetened the labor of paddling from morning till night.
Finally, I made an excuse to go to the house for a jug of sweetened water.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
- (also intr) to make or become sweet or sweeter
- to mollify or soften (a person)
- to make more agreeable
- (also intr) chem to free or be freed from unpleasant odours, acidic or corrosive substances, or the like
- finance, mainly US to raise the value of (loan collateral) by adding more securities
- informal poker to enlarge (the pot) by adding chips
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Word Origin and History for sweetened
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