Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make sweet or sweeter by adding sugar, honey, saccharin, or another sweet substance.
  • transitive v. To make more pleasant or agreeable.
  • transitive v. To soften or soothe: sweetened her mood.
  • transitive v. To make bearable; alleviate.
  • transitive v. Informal To increase the value of (collateral for a loan) by adding more securities.
  • transitive v. Informal To enhance the attractiveness or financial desirability of (an offer, for example).
  • transitive v. Games To increase the value of (an unwon poker pot) by adding stakes before reopening.
  • transitive v. To make less acidic: sweeten the stomach with antacids.
  • transitive v. To remove sulfur compounds from (fuel oil or gas).
  • intransitive v. To become sweet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make sweet to the taste.
  • v. To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings.
  • v. To make mild or kind; to soften.
  • v. To make less painful or laborious; to relieve.
  • v. To soften to the eye; to make delicate.
  • v. To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter.
  • v. To make warm and fertile.
  • v. To restore to purity; to free from taint.
  • v. To make more attractive; said of offers in negotiations.
  • v. To become sweet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become sweet.
  • transitive v. To make sweet to the taste.
  • transitive v. To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings.
  • transitive v. To make mild or kind; to soften.
  • transitive v. To make less painful or laborious; to relieve.
  • transitive v. To soften to the eye; to make delicate.
  • transitive v. To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter
  • transitive v. To make warm and fertile; -- opposed to sour.
  • transitive v. To restore to purity; to free from taint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become sweet, in any sense.
  • To make sweet to any of the senses.
  • To make pleasing or grateful to the mind: as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
  • To make mild or kind; soften.
  • To make less painful or laborious; lighten.
  • To increase the agreeable qualities of; also, to render less disagreeable or harsh: as, to sweeten the joys or pleasures of life.
  • 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.
  • To make mellow and fertile: as, to dry and sweeten soils.
  • To wash (gold) with hot water after the parting process.
  • See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make sweeter in taste
  • v. make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable

Etymologies

sweet +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's also possible to "sweeten" the amendment in order to avoid potential resistance.

    Balkinization

  • COOPER: So, you think Alexander, what, was trying to make a deal and trying to kind of sweeten the pot (ph)?

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2007

  • COOPER: So, you think Alexander, what, was trying to make a deal and trying to kind of sweeten the pie?

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2007

  • Do not use lime to "sweeten" a compost pile as doing so will result in a serious loss of nitrogen.

    Chapter 4

  • The effect is two-fold; the lime not only tends to "sweeten" sulphide ores and keep the tables clean, but also causes the water to cleanse itself more quickly of the slimes, which will be more rapidly precipitated.

    Getting Gold: a practical treatise for prospectors, miners and students

  • By our method the stump is burned and the finest kind of unleached wood ashes -- containing lime to "sweeten" and potash and phosphoric acid to furnish plant food -- are spread upon the ground a few hours after the stumps are blown out.

    Three Acres and Liberty

  • Those that choose to "sweeten" the buyers with bribes in what ever form you want to call them, are poor sales people with low self esteem and no morals.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • On today's TUAW TV Live, host Steve Sande will be discussing iPhone photography and videography techniques, demonstrating a dozen or more apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac that can be used to "sweeten" your photography, and talking about the best ways of sharing those frozen moments with others.

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

  • "One obvious implication of today's announcement: delaying and canceling OCS [outer continental shelf] sales gives lawmakers the opportunity to 'sweeten' a climate bill by restoring or accelerating sales," ClearView states.

    Home/News

  • You also seem unaware that it is perfectly normal, although this is unfortunate, for Governments to 'sweeten' the deal to get car manufacturers to build plant in their countries, not just for battery cars.

    Autoblog Green

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