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sweet·en

 (swēt′n)
v. sweet·ened, sweet·en·ing, sweet·ens
v.tr.
1. To make sweet or sweeter by adding sugar, honey, saccharin, or another sweet substance.
2. To make more pleasant or agreeable.
3. To soften or soothe: sweetened her mood.
4. To make bearable; alleviate.
5. Informal
a. To increase the value of (collateral for a loan) by adding more securities.
b. To enhance the attractiveness or financial desirability of (an offer, for example).
6. Games To increase the value of (an unwon poker pot) by adding stakes before reopening.
7. To make less acidic: sweeten the stomach with antacids.
8. To remove sulfur compounds from (fuel oil or gas).
v.intr.
To become sweet.

sweeten

(ˈswiːtən)
vb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr) to make or become sweet or sweeter
2. to mollify or soften (a person)
3. to make more agreeable
4. (Chemistry) (also intr) chem to free or be freed from unpleasant odours, acidic or corrosive substances, or the like
5. (Banking & Finance) finance chiefly US to raise the value of (loan collateral) by adding more securities
6. (Card Games) informal poker to enlarge (the pot) by adding chips

sweet•en

(ˈswit n)

v.t.
1. to make sweet, as by adding sugar.
2. to make mild or kind; soften.
3. to make (the breath, room air, etc.) sweet or fresh, as with a mouthwash or spray.
4. to make (the stomach, soil, etc.) less acidic, as by means of certain preparations or chemicals.
5. to remove sulfur and its compounds from (oil or gas).
6. Informal.
a. to enhance the value of (loan collateral) by including additional or esp. valuable securities.
b. to add to the value or attractiveness of (a proposition, holding, etc.).
7. to add more liquor to (a drink).
8. to add stakes to (a pot) before opening in a game of poker.
v.i.
9. to become sweet or sweeter.
[1545–55]

sweeten


Past participle: sweetened
Gerund: sweetening

Imperative
sweeten
sweeten
Present
I sweeten
you sweeten
he/she/it sweetens
we sweeten
you sweeten
they sweeten
Preterite
I sweetened
you sweetened
he/she/it sweetened
we sweetened
you sweetened
they sweetened
Present Continuous
I am sweetening
you are sweetening
he/she/it is sweetening
we are sweetening
you are sweetening
they are sweetening
Present Perfect
I have sweetened
you have sweetened
he/she/it has sweetened
we have sweetened
you have sweetened
they have sweetened
Past Continuous
I was sweetening
you were sweetening
he/she/it was sweetening
we were sweetening
you were sweetening
they were sweetening
Past Perfect
I had sweetened
you had sweetened
he/she/it had sweetened
we had sweetened
you had sweetened
they had sweetened
Future
I will sweeten
you will sweeten
he/she/it will sweeten
we will sweeten
you will sweeten
they will sweeten
Future Perfect
I will have sweetened
you will have sweetened
he/she/it will have sweetened
we will have sweetened
you will have sweetened
they will have sweetened
Future Continuous
I will be sweetening
you will be sweetening
he/she/it will be sweetening
we will be sweetening
you will be sweetening
they will be sweetening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sweetening
you have been sweetening
he/she/it has been sweetening
we have been sweetening
you have been sweetening
they have been sweetening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sweetening
you will have been sweetening
he/she/it will have been sweetening
we will have been sweetening
you will have been sweetening
they will have been sweetening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sweetening
you had been sweetening
he/she/it had been sweetening
we had been sweetening
you had been sweetening
they had been sweetening
Conditional
I would sweeten
you would sweeten
he/she/it would sweeten
we would sweeten
you would sweeten
they would sweeten
Past Conditional
I would have sweetened
you would have sweetened
he/she/it would have sweetened
we would have sweetened
you would have sweetened
they would have sweetened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sweeten - make sweeter in taste
honey - sweeten with honey
saccharify, sugar - sweeten with sugar; "sugar your tea"
candy, sugarcoat, glaze - coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
mull - heat with sugar and spices to make a hot drink; "mulled cider"
change taste - alter the flavor of
acetify, acidify, acidulate, sour - make sour or more sour
2.sweeten - make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable; "sweeten a deal"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

sweeten

verb
1. sugar, honey, sugar-coat He liberally sweetened his coffee.
2. soften, ease, alleviate, relieve, temper, cushion, mellow, make less painful They sweetened the deal with a rather generous cash payment.
3. mollify, appease, placate, soothe, pacify, soften up, sugar the pill He is likely to try to sweeten them with pledges of fresh aid.

sweeten

verb
1. To make superficially more acceptable or appealing:
2. To ease the anger or agitation of:
Translations
يُحَلّي، يُصْبِحُ حُلوا
sladit
komme sukker isøde
édesítmegédesít
sæta; gera sætan
sladkati
şeker koymaktatlandırmak

sweeten

[ˈswiːtn]
A. VT
1. [+ tea, coffee, dish] → endulzar
sweeten to tasteendulzar al gusto
sweeten with honey if desiredendulzar con miel si se desea
2. (= freshen) [+ breath] → refrescar; [+ room] → ambientar
3. (fig)
3.1. (= placate, soften) [+ temper] → aplacar, calmar; [+ process, reforms] → suavizar, facilitar (also sweeten up) [+ person] → ablandar
see also pill
3.2. (with financial incentives) [+ deal] → hacer más atractivo; [+ person] (= bribe) → sobornar; (= win over) → ganarse a
B. VI [person] → volverse (más) dulce

sweeten

[ˈswiːtən] vt
[+ tea, coffee, sauce, dish] → sucrer
(also sweeten up) (= make more amenable) [+ person] → amadouer
(= make more attractive) [+ offer, deal] → rendre plus attrayant(e)

sweeten

vt coffee, saucesüßen; air, breathreinigen; (fig) temperbessern; taskversüßen; deal, termsschmackhaft machen; to sweeten somebody (inf)jdn gnädig stimmen; (inf: = bribe) → jdn schmieren (inf); to sweeten the pilldie bittere Pille versüßen
vi (temper)sich bessern; (person)gute Laune bekommen

sweeten

[ˈswiːtn] vt (tea) → zuccherare; (air) → profumare (fig) (temper) → addolcire; (task) → rendere più piacevole (also sweeten up) (person) → ingraziarsi; (child) → tenere buono/a

sweet

(swiːt) adjective
1. tasting like sugar; not sour, salty or bitter. as sweet as honey; Children eat too many sweet foods.
2. tasting fresh and pleasant. young, sweet vegetables.
3. (of smells) pleasant or fragrant. the sweet smell of flowers.
4. (of sounds) agreeable or delightful to hear. the sweet song of the nightingale.
5. attractive or charming. What a sweet little baby!; a sweet face/smile; You look sweet in that dress.
6. kindly and agreeable. She's a sweet girl; The child has a sweet nature.
noun
1. (American ˈcandy) a small piece of sweet food eg chocolate, toffee etc. a packet of sweets; Have a sweet.
2. (a dish or course of) sweet food near or at the end of a meal; (a) pudding or dessert. The waiter served the sweet.
3. dear; darling. Hallo, my sweet!
ˈsweeten verb
to make or become sweet or sweeter. Did you sweeten (= put sugar in) my tea?
ˈsweetener noun
something that sweetens, eg a substance used for sweetening food. Saccharin is an artificial sweetener, often used instead of sugar.
ˈsweetly adverb
in an attractive, charming, agreeable or kindly manner. She sang/smiled very sweetly.
ˈsweetness noun
ˈsweetheart noun
1. a boyfriend or girlfriend.
2. used as an endearment for any beloved person, eg a child. Goodbye, sweetheart!
sweet potato
(the edible tuber of) a tropical twining plant.
sweet-ˈsmelling adjective
sweet-smelling flowers.
sweet-ˈtempered adjective
kind and friendly.

sweeten

v. endulzar, azucarar.
References in classic literature ?
You got to be pison good, en let him see it; you got to do everything dat'll make him b'lieve in you, en you got to sweeten aroun' ole Aunt Pratt, too--she's pow'ful strong with de Jedge, en de bes' frien' you got.
But there passed across his vision an image of a haggard little septuagenarian taking measured sips of a glass of sugar and water and finding them quite impotent to sweeten his desolation.
By her help I also now Make this churlish place allow Something that may sweeten gladness In the very gall of sadness-- The dull loneness, the black shade, That these hanging vaults have made The strange music of the waves Beating on these hollow caves, This black den which rocks emboss, Overgrown with eldest moss, The rude portals that give light More to terror than delight, This my chamber of neglect
Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter.
She did not care for a brilliant marriage; she was eminently a woman calculated to soothe and sweeten the life of any man; decidedly pretty, if not absolutely handsome.
careful heaper-up of treasure, was it worth while to labor to sweeten and gild life, to come upon a desert shore, surrounded by the cries of seagulls, and lay thyself, with broken bones, beneath a torpid stone?
Nay, I beseech thee, sweeten the draught with thy lips
Many times nothing was used to sweeten the so-called tea and coffee.
Swallow a spoonful of sody, an' you'll sweeten up wonderful an' be more pleasant company.