AskDefine | Define sweeten

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1 make sweeter in taste [syn: dulcify, edulcorate, dulcorate] [ant: sour]
2 make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable; "sweeten a deal"

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  1. To make sweet to the taste; as, to sweeten tea.
  2. To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
  3. To make mild or kind; to soften; as, to sweeten the temper.
  4. To make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to sweeten the cares of life.
    And sweeten every secret tear. - Keble.
  5. 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.
  6. To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten rooms or apartments that have been infected; to sweeten;;; the air.
  7. To make warm and fertile; — opposed to sour; as, to dry and sweeten soils.
  8. To restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to sweeten''' water, butter, or meat.
  9. To make more attractive; — said of offers in negotiations, as, to sweeten the deal by increasing the price offered.
  10. To become sweet.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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