• WordNet 3.6
    • n sweetening the act of adding a sweetener to food
    • n sweetening an improvement that makes something more agreeable
    • n sweetening something added to foods to make them taste sweeter
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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
    • Sweetening That which sweetens.
    • Sweetening The act of making sweet.
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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.
    • n sweetening That which sweetens; a substance, as sugar, used to sweeten something.
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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.
    • Sweetening act of sweetening: that which sweetens
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.


In literature:

How can be sweeten the bitterest providences, and give us reason to magnify him in dungeons and prisons?
"The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)" by Daniel Defoe
The memory of it may sweeten the years to come.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
Don't you know enough to use saleratus to sweeten the sour milk?
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
Romance sweetens it, and the romance never dies.
"The Idler, Volume III., Issue XIII., February 1893" by Various
Sweeten it slightly, and thin with boiling water.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
The Creole character has been diluted and sweetened.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
While summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele, I'll sweeten thy sad grave.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
To sweeten his chocolate he carries a paper of sugar in the companion pocket.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
It had been baked and sweetened, and then ground up like flour and put in bags.
"The Adventures of a Forty-niner" by Daniel Knower
Prayer precedes true service, and produces it, and sweetens it.
"Quiet Talks on Service" by S. D. Gordon

In poetry:

Then spread your folded wings, and leave to earth
The dust once breathing ye have mourned so long,
Till Love, new risen, owns his heavenly birth,
And sorrow's discords sweeten into song!
"Homesick In Heaven" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tell me if death has robbed you of treasures
That sweetened the tone of your vesper song;
Tell me if fears have destroyed all the pleasures
Which justice and right say to you should belong.
"The Lone Bird" by Jared Barhite
Could I change you, help you to love me, sweet,
Could I give you the love that would sweeten death,
We should yield, go down, locked hands and feet,
Die, drown together, and breath catch breath;
"Les Noyades" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
As roses, when the warm West blows,
Break to full flower and sweeten spring,
My soul would break to a glorious rose
In such wise at his whispering.
In vain I listen; wellaway!
My love says nothing any day.
"Song Before Death: From the French" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The sun is lying on the garden-wall,
The full red rose is sweetening all the air,
The day is happier than a dream most fair;
The evening weaves afar a wide-spread pall,
And lo! sun, day, and rose, no longer there!
"Broken Waves" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Mak th' best on't,--mak th' best on't,--ne'er heed if yor naybor
Can live withaat workin wol yo have to slave;
Ther's nowt sweetens life like some honest hard labor,
An it's th' battles yo feight 'at proves yo are brave.
"Mak th' Best Ont" by John Hartley

In news:

A sweetener by any other name (iStockphoto.com).
A sweetener by any other name.
Plus, my favorite, the signature palachinka-Polish crepes stuffed with sweetened ricotta, topped with jelly.
Pepsi-Cola North America hopes its overhaul will sweeten relations with stores and consumers.
Sweetening lives Former nurse finds that sometimes the best medicine is chocolate.
PepsiCo Inc is launching a reduced-calorie soda in Australia that uses stevia , the first time the beverage maker is using the natural sweetener in its namesake cola.
Stevia is the new kid on the block when it comes to zero-calorie sweeteners.
California's Stevia Growers Bet On Fast Track To Sweetener Success.
It's been more than a year since stevia -based sweeteners hit the market in all sorts of beverages.
As its name suggests, the white teas are lightly sweetened with real sugar.
Chicago hospital group to drop sugar- sweetened drinks.
AIRPORT CITY, Israel — SodaStream has launched a new line of flavors sweetened with an all-natural plant-based sweetener.
Sugar sweetened drinks linked to obesity, health problems.
Americans Cut Back on Sugar- Sweetened Soda, Survey Says.
Cisco has sweetened its acquisition offer for Norway-based videoconferencing company Tandberg by 11%, to $3.4 billion.