- something that sweetens food, beverages, etc., as sugar, saccharine, etc.
- the process of causing something to be or become sweet.
Origin of sweetening
- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- something that sweetens
- (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
Word Origin and History for sweetening
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper