2 make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable; "sweeten a deal"
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- Rhymes: -iːtən
- To make sweet to the taste; as, to sweeten tea.
- To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
- To make mild or kind; to soften; as, to sweeten the temper.
- To make less painful
or laborious; to
relieve; as, to sweeten the cares of life.
- And sweeten every secret tear. - Keble.
- 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. - Dryden.
- To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten rooms or apartments that have been infected; to sweeten;;; the air.
- To make warm and fertile; — opposed to sour; as, to dry and sweeten soils.
- To restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to sweeten''' water, butter, or meat.
- To make more attractive; — said of offers in negotiations, as, to sweeten the deal by increasing the price offered.
- To become sweet.