- 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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Stir in sufficient loaf-sugar to sweeten it, and grate some nutmeg into it.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Does it hold back the lash from the slave, or sweeten his bitter bread?The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
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When cold, break it with a spoon, and sweeten with sifted sugar.
Sweeten to your taste; let it boil; and put it in a broad dish.
The Boches said he merely had to dip a finger into his coffee to sweeten it.L'Assommoir
- (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 sweeten
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