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)
Origin of sweeten
Related Words for sweetenmull, alleviate, honey, candy, sugar, placate, conciliate, assuage, soothe, pacify, mollify, propitiate, candy-coat, sugar-coat
Examples from the Web for sweeten
Contemporary Examples of sweeten
Cameroon released several Boko Haram detainees to sweeten the deal.Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments
December 22, 2013
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.
April 15, 2013
If the administration is correct, then there should be no need to sweeten the pot.Just Say No To Layoff Notices
October 4, 2012
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
December 28, 2011
You can reuse the syrup to sweeten tea or make another batch of apple chips.Fresh Picks
September 15, 2011
Historical Examples of sweeten
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)
John Greenleaf Whittier
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