• WordNet 3.6
    • v sweeten make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable "sweeten a deal"
    • v sweeten make sweeter in taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath
    • v. i Sweeten To become sweet.
    • Sweeten To make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to sweeten the cares of life. "And sweeten every secret tear."
    • Sweeten To make mild or kind; to soften; as, to sweeten the temper.
    • Sweeten To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
    • Sweeten To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten rooms or apartments that have been infected; to sweeten the air.
    • Sweeten To make sweet to the taste; as, to sweeten tea.
    • Sweeten To make warm and fertile; -- opposed to sour; as, to dry and sweeten soils.
    • Sweeten To restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to sweeten water, butter, or meat.
    • Sweeten To soften to the eye; to make delicate. "Correggio has made his memory immortal by the strength he has given to his figures, and by sweetening his lights and shadows, and melting them into each other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
    • sweeten To become sweet, in any sense.
    • sweeten To make sweet to any of the senses.
    • sweeten To make pleasing or grateful to the mind: as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
    • sweeten To make mild or kind; soften.
    • sweeten To make less painful or laborious; lighten.
    • sweeten To increase the agreeable qualities of; also, to render less disagreeable or harsh: as, to sweeten the joys or pleasures of life.
    • sweeten To make pure and wholesome by destroying noxious or offensive matter; bring back to a state of purity or freshness; free from taint: as, to sweeten apartments that have been infected; to sweeten the air; to sweeten water.
    • sweeten To make mellow and fertile: as, to dry and sweeten soils.
    • sweeten To wash (gold) with hot water after the parting process.
    • sweeten See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most common sports drinks are the equivalent of sugar-sweetened human sweat. That is, they have the same salt concentration as sweat (but are less salty than your blood). An increase of as little as 1% in blood salt will cause you to become thirsty.
    • v.t Sweeten to make sweet: to make pleasing, mild, or kind: to increase the agreeable qualities of: to make pure and healthy
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.”
  • Alexander Smith
    “Everything is sweetened by risk.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.”


Sweeten the pot - If you sweeten the pot, you increase the stakes or make something more desirable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Sweet (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.


In literature:

Long sweetening or short?
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
Sweeten to the taste, and serve hot.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
I wish he could find some dear little creature who would sweeten life for him.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
It was sweetened with a sort of sweet-meat in lieu of plain sugar.
"Three Months of My Life" by J. F. Foster
The squire says it is better than all the cosmetics and sweeteners of the breath that ever were invented.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
And when she went away for some honey to sweeten it with, he poured out the drink, and so made the old wife think he had drunk it.
"More English Fairy Tales" by Various
It's the only Rabbit we know that's sweetened with brown sugar.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
That was another temper-sweetening job.
"The Range Dwellers" by B. M. Bower
Water is drunk, or coffee sweetened liberally with moist sugar.
"Argentina From A British Point Of View" by Various
Between France and Germany it creates a sea of bitterness which no rapturous exultation over the new ethical ordering can sweeten.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon

In poetry:

Gie me a wife 'at loves me weel,
An' childer two or three,
Wi' health to sweeten ivery meal,
An' hearts brimful o' glee.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley
Jesus alone shall bear my cries
Up to his Father's throne;
He, dearest Lord! perfumes my sighs,
And sweetens every groan.
"Hymn 37" by Isaac Watts
But who his human heart has laid
To Nature's bosom nearer?
Who sweetened toil like him, or paid
To love a tribute dearer?
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You'll give him your virgin hand, maiden,
And become a wedded wife;
That hand will mingle "honey for two"
To sweeten the bitter of life.
"Lines For The Bridal" by Nora Pembroke
The Cross —- it took our guilt away,
It holds the fainting spirit up;
It cheers with hope the gloomy day,
And sweetens every bitter cup.
"We sing the praise of Him who died," by Thomas Kelly
"Night is closing in upon us, friend of mine, but don't be sad;
Let us think of all the pleasures and the joys that we have had.
Let us keep a merry visage, and be happy till the last,
Let the future still be sweetened with the honey of the past.
"The Voice Of The Banjo" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Florida legislators want to ban the sweetener in schools.
This recipe uses stevia sweetener instead of sugar in the glaze.
Apples and mild white miso lightly sweeten this easy one-pot soup.
Sucralose nears the top in non- nutritive sweeteners.
FoodingredientsFirst's ingredient focus presentation indicates that sucralose is the second most popular non- nutritive sweetener tracked in global product launches from 2010 to 2011.
CNH advisers recommend that board accept Fiat Industrial's sweetened merger offer.
Today's health experts overwhelmingly affirm the sweetener 's safe use in humans.
AP PepsiCo Inc is testing a new mix of artificial sweeteners that lets the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time.
The former CEO of a proposed sweetener facility is in jail in Missouri after giving up his fight against being extradited from California.
Ex-Mamtek US Inc head Bruce Cole faces fraud and stealing charges after plans to build a sweetener plant in Moberly collapsed.
Former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project in Moberly.
Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri.
Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project.
Houston offense finds sweetener in 'sugar huddle'.
PepsiCo Inc is testing a new mix of artificial sweeteners that lets the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time.