- (also intr) to make or become sweet or sweeter
- to mollify or soften (a person)
- to make more agreeable
- (also intr) to free or be freed from unpleasant odours, acidic or corrosive substances, or the like
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sweet•en /ˈswitən/USA pronunciation v.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) become sweet: [~ + object]Add some brown sugar to sweeten the mix.[no object]As the wine ages it will gradually sweeten.
- [~ + object] to make (the breath, air, etc.) sweet or fresh, as with a commercial product.
- [~ + object] to remove sulfur and its compounds from (oil or gas).
- Informal Termsto add to the value or attractiveness of (a business deal, proposal, etc.):[~ + object]The company sweetened its salary offer to her.
sweet•en (swēt′n),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to make sweet, as by adding sugar.
- to make mild or kind;
- to lessen the acridity or pungency of (a food) by prolonged cooking.
- to reduce the saltiness of (a food or dish) by diluting with water, milk, or other liquid.
- to make (the breath, room air, etc.) sweet or fresh, as with a mouthwash, spray, etc.
- Music(in musical recording) to add musical instruments to (an arrangement), esp. strings for a lusher sound.
- to make (the stomach, soil, etc.) less acidic, as by means of certain preparations, chemicals, etc.
- to remove sulfur and its compounds from (oil or gas).
- Informal Terms
- to enhance the value of (loan collateral) by including additional or especially valuable securities.
- to add to the value or attractiveness of (any proposition, holding, etc.).
- Wineto add more liquor to (an alcoholic drink).
- Games[Poker.]to add stakes to (a pot) before opening.
- to become sweet or sweeter.
- sweet + -en1 1545–55
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sweeten /ˈswiːtən/ vb (mainly tr)
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