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Definitions for sweeten
ˈswit nsweet·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sweeten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweeten, dulcify, edulcorate, dulcorateverb

    make sweeter in taste

  2. sweetenverb

    make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable

    "sweeten a deal"


  1. sweetenverb

    To make sweet to the taste.

    to sweeten tea

  2. sweetenverb

    To make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings.

  3. sweetenverb

    To make mild or kind; to soften.

    to sweeten the temper

  4. sweetenverb

    To make less painful or laborious; to relieve.

    to sweeten the cares of life

  5. sweetenverb

    To soften to the eye; to make delicate.

  6. sweetenverb

    To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter.

  7. sweetenverb

    To make warm and fertile.

    to dry and sweeten soils

  8. sweetenverb

    To restore to purity; to free from taint.

    to sweeten water, butter, or meat

  9. sweetenverb

    To make more attractive;

    to sweeten the deal by increasing the price offered

  10. sweetenverb

    To become sweet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Sweetenverb

    Etymology: from sweet.

    The world the garden is, she is the flow’r
    That sweetens all the place; she is the guest
    Of rarest price. Philip Sidney.

    Here is the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. William Shakespeare.

    Give me an ounce of civet to sweeten my imagination. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    With fairest flow’rs Fidele,
    I’ll sweeten thy sad grave. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Be humbly minded, know your post;
    Sweeteen your tea, and watch your toast. Jonathan Swift.

    All kindnesses descend upon such a temper, as rivers of fresh waters falling into the main sea; the sea swallows them all, but is not changed or sweetened by them. Robert South, Sermons.

    She the sweetness of my heart, even sweetens the death which her sweetness brought upon me. Philip Sidney.

    Thou shalt secure her helpless sex from harms,
    And she thy cares will sweeten with her charms. Dryden.

    Interest of state and change of circumstances may have sweetened these reflections to the politer sort, but impressions are not so easily worn out of the minds of the vulgar. Addison.

    Thy mercy sweet’ned ev’ry soil,
    Made ev’ry region please;
    The hoary Alpin hills it warm’d,
    And smooth’d the Tyrrhene seas. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    These lessons may be gilt and sweetened as we order pills and potions, so as to take off the disgust of the remedy. Roger L'Estrange.

    I would have my love
    Angry sometimes, to sweeten off the rest
    Of her behaviour. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Corregio 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 so happily, that they are even imperceptible. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. To Sweetenverb

    To grow sweet.

    Where a wasp hath bitten in a grape, or any fruit, it will sweeten hastily. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. sweeten

    To sweeten means to make something taste sweeter by adding sugar or other sweet substances. The term can also be metaphorically used to describe making something more appealing, pleasant, or acceptable. For instance, improving a financial offer or an arrangement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweetenadjective

    to make sweet to the taste; as, to sweeten tea

  2. Sweetenadjective

    to make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship

  3. Sweetenadjective

    to make mild or kind; to soften; as, to sweeten the temper

  4. Sweetenadjective

    to make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to sweeten the cares of life

  5. Sweetenadjective

    to soften to the eye; to make delicate

  6. Sweetenadjective

    to make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten rooms or apartments that have been infected; to sweeten the air

  7. Sweetenadjective

    to make warm and fertile; -- opposed to sour; as, to dry and sweeten soils

  8. Sweetenadjective

    to restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to sweeten water, butter, or meat

  9. Sweetenverb

    to become sweet

  10. Etymology: [See Sweet, a.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sweeten is ranked #11200 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sweeten surname appeared 2,822 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Sweeten.

    86.8% or 2,450 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 140 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 111 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 69 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 36 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweeten in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweeten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sweeten in a Sentence

  1. Michael Mao:

    If Beijing wants to adjust the April data to sweeten trade talks, it won't work for obvious reasons, if the official data and shipping data don't match, analysts are smart enough to tell that authorities massaged official data.

  2. Michael Jacobson:

    Brewers are allowed to artificially color, flavor, sweeten and preserve their products, as well as use foam enhancers, if the industry takes pride in its ingredients, it should list them on labels and not simply on the web.

  3. Francis Bacon, Essays (1625):

    Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    The certain prospect of death could sweeten every life with a precious and fragrant drop of levity- and now you strange apothecary souls have turned it into an ill-tasting drop of poison that makes the whole of life repulsive.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.

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