verb (used with object)
- 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.).
verb (used without object)
- sweeten the kitty,
- sweetheart agreement
Origin of sweeten
Examples from the Web for sweeten
Cameroon released several Boko Haram detainees to sweeten the deal.
Right now your company likes to sweeten the pot by paying you in tax-deductible fringe benefits, including corporate junkets.Our Tax Code is Too Complicated. Here's How to Simplify It.|Megan McArdle|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If the administration is correct, then there should be no need to sweeten the pot.
He likes to sweeten the negotiations with a little food, drink, and social lubrication, no matter the circumstances.Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Defies Party to Engage GOP on a Deficit deal|Linda Killian|December 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
You can reuse the syrup to sweeten tea or make another batch of apple chips.
Sweeten it to your taste; set it over the fire, and keep it stirring till it boils.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;|Charlotte Campbell Bury
Should he continue to sweeten at this rate, as he proceeds, I know not what will become of all the little modesty I have left.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
He found it a disconsolate occupation, even with a cigar to sweeten it.Tales From Bohemia|Robert Neilson Stephens
Let it stand two hours; sweeten to taste, and add a bottle of seltzer-water.Cups and their Customs|George Edwin Roberts
Between France and Germany it creates a sea of bitterness which no rapturous exultation over the new ethical ordering can sweeten.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference|Emile Joseph Dillon