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Meaning of SWEETEN

Pronunciation:  'sweetn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable; "sweeten a deal"
  2. [v]  make sweeter in taste

SWEETEN is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate
 Antonyms: acetify, acidify, acidulate, sour
 See Also: alter, candy, change, change taste, glaze, honey, mull, saccharify, sugar, sugarcoat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sweet"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sweetened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Sweetening}.] [See {Sweet}, a.]
    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
    4. To make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to
       sweeten the cares of life. --Dryden.
             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.
  2. \Sweet"en\, v. i.
    To become sweet. --Bacon.