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Definition of "sweeten" [sweet•en]

  • To make sweet or sweeter by adding sugar, honey, saccharin, or another sweet substance. (verb-transitive)
  • To make more pleasant or agreeable. (verb-transitive)
  • To soften or soothe: sweetened her mood. (verb-transitive)
  • To make bearable; alleviate. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To increase the value of (collateral for a loan) by adding more securities. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sweeten" in a sentence
  • "It's also possible to "sweeten" the amendment in order to avoid potential resistance."
  • "COOPER: So, you think Alexander, what, was trying to make a deal and trying to kind of sweeten the pot (ph)?"
  • "COOPER: So, you think Alexander, what, was trying to make a deal and trying to kind of sweeten the pie?"