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v. sweet·ened, sweet·en·ing, sweet·ens
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).
To become sweet.
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Adj.1.sweetened - with sweetening added
sugary - containing sugar; "he eats too much sugary food"
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References in classic literature ?
That though the pleasures arising from such pure love may be heightened and sweetened by the assistance of amorous desires, yet the former can subsist alone, nor are they destroyed by the intervention of the latter.
"All good from Jack another takes, And entertains their flirts and rakes, Who dress as sleek as glossy snakes, And cram their mouths with sweetened cakes; And this goes down for union."
They used to make their lemonade out of the juice of wild oranges, sweetened with honey which they got from the bees' nests in hollow trees.
The porridge, sweetened with some dry brown sugar from an old store which he had refrained from using for himself, stopped the cries of the little one, and made her lift her blue eyes with a wide quiet gaze at Silas, as he put the spoon into her mouth.
"No doubt; there is no help for that, but this suffering is sweetened for him.
They then retired within the walls, and first offering up their thanksgivings for past mercies, and petitioning for a continuance of the Divine favor throughout the coming night, they laid their tender forms on the fragrant couch, and in spite of recollections and forebodings, soon sank into those slumbers which nature so imperiously demanded, and which were sweetened by hopes for the morrow.
He strolled to a chair and seated himself at a small table; two or three other males were sitting at similar tables sipping sweetened water.
Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes for- ward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it's a trial that's sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sym- pathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother's heart, because out of their mouths they can't, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody- goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to cry- ing fit to bust.
For example, if rats drink sweetened water and then experience nausea-inducing drugs while anesthetized, they refuse to consume sweetened water several days later; humans show comparable taste aversions if nauseating injections are delivered during sleep.
[USA], Sep 11 (ANI): A recent study has found the key factor in increased intake of sugar sweetened beverages in countries.
A group of store and carinderia owners appealed to President Duterte and lawmakers to reconsider passing the proposed tax law on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) because it will lead to increase in price of some sweetened products thereby gravely affecting the sector.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study found.