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sugar (ˈʃʊɡə)
1.  sucrose, Also called: saccharose a white crystalline sweet carbohydrate, a disaccharide, found in many plants and extracted from sugar cane and sugar beet: it is used esp as a sweetening agent in food and drinks. Formula: C12H22O11Related: saccharine
2.  any of a class of simple water-soluble carbohydrates, such as sucrose, lactose, and fructose
3.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) a term of affection, esp for one's sweetheart
4.  rare a slang word for money
5.  a slang name for LSD
6.  (tr) to add sugar to; make sweet
7.  (tr) to cover or sprinkle with sugar
8.  (intr) to produce sugar
9.  sugar the pill, sugar the medicine to make something unpleasant more agreeable by adding something pleasant: the government stopped wage increases but sugared the pill by reducing taxes
Related: saccharine
[C13 suker, from Old French çucre, from Medieval Latin zuccārum, from Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, from Sanskrit śarkarā]

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