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definition of the word sweeten

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sweet + -en

to sweeten

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to sweeten (third-person singular simple present sweetens, present participle sweetening, simple past and past participle sweetened)

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

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