Origin of sweetening
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 sweeteningmull, alleviate, honey, candy, sugar, placate, conciliate, assuage, soothe, pacify, mollify, propitiate, candy-coat, sugar-coat
Examples from the Web for sweetening
Contemporary Examples of sweetening
“Sweetening the pot,” “upping the ante,” “showing your cards,” “folding your hand”—all those clichés stem from poker for a reason.Obama's Poker Club Tells All
December 8, 2010
Freshly grated pear barely needs any sweetening, which is why we encourage you to make the pear puree yourself.How Top Chefs Stay Thin
December 15, 2009
Sweetening the deal was the prize Best secured for the winner: lunch with Jerry Yang, founder of Yahoo!The Blogosphere Charity Bake-off
November 2, 2008
Historical Examples of sweetening
It should be almost like honey—no other sweetening is needed.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South
Martha McCulloch Williams
They were sweetening their own happiness with making the happiness of their children.Remember the Alamo
Amelia E. Barr
In sweetening the cream, allow a teacup of sugar to each quart.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
We also stewed our tree-cranberries (Viburnum opulus), sweetening them with sugar.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
We are familiar with this action in the seasoning of food with salt and sweetening with sugar.Physics
Willis Eugene Tower