[ sweet-n-ing, sweet-ning ]
/ ˈswit n ɪŋ, ˈswit nɪŋ /


something that sweetens food, beverages, etc., as sugar, saccharine, etc.
the process of causing something to be or become sweet.

Origin of sweetening

First recorded in 1585–95; sweeten + -ing1

Definition for sweetening (2 of 2)


[ sweet-n ]
/ ˈswit n /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become sweet or sweeter.

Origin of sweeten

First recorded in 1545–55; sweet + -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for sweetening (1 of 2)


/ (ˈswiːtənɪŋ) /


something that sweetens

British Dictionary definitions for sweetening (2 of 2)


/ (ˈswiːtən) /

verb (mainly tr)

(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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