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sweetening

[sweet-n-ing, sweet-ning] /ˈswit n ɪŋ, ˈswit nɪŋ/
noun
1.
something that sweetens food, beverages, etc., as sugar, saccharine, etc.
2.
the process of causing something to be or become sweet.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; sweeten + -ing1

sweeten

[sweet-n] /ˈswit n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sweet, as by adding sugar.
2.
to make mild or kind; soften.
3.
to lessen the acridity or pungency of (a food) by prolonged cooking.
4.
to reduce the saltiness of (a food or dish) by diluting with water, milk, or other liquid.
5.
to make (the breath, room air, etc.) sweet or fresh, as with a mouthwash, spray, etc.
6.
(in musical recording) to add musical instruments to (an arrangement), especially strings for a lusher sound.
7.
Chemistry.
  1. to make (the stomach, soil, etc.) less acidic, as by means of certain preparations, chemicals, etc.
  2. to remove sulfur and its compounds from (oil or gas).
8.
Informal.
  1. to enhance the value of (loan collateral) by including additional or especially valuable securities.
  2. to add to the value or attractiveness of (any proposition, holding, etc.).
9.
to add more liquor to (an alcoholic drink).
10.
Poker. to add stakes to (a pot) before opening.
verb (used without object)
11.
to become sweet or sweeter.
Origin
1545-55; sweet + -en1
Related forms
nonsweetened, adjective
outsweeten, verb (used with object)
oversweeten, verb (used with object)
presweeten, verb (used with object)
resweeten, verb
unsweetened, adjective
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Examples for sweetening
  • Sound engineers use a process called sweetening to keep every second near the upper limit.
  • If it's cobalt pink rather than pale rose in color, it has been treated with a chemical bath of dye and extra sweetening agents.
British Dictionary definitions for sweetening

sweetening

/ˈswiːtənɪŋ/
noun
1.
something that sweetens

sweeten

/ˈswiːtən/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to make or become sweet or sweeter
2.
to mollify or soften (a person)
3.
to make more agreeable
4.
(also intransitive) (chem) to free or be freed from unpleasant odours, acidic or corrosive substances, or the like
5.
(finance, mainly US) to raise the value of (loan collateral) by adding more securities
6.
(informal, poker) to enlarge (the pot) by adding chips
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Word Origin and History for sweetening

sweeten

v.

1550s, from sweet (adj.) + verbal ending -en (1). The Middle English form of the verb was simply sweet, from Old English swetan. Related: Sweetened; sweetening.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sweetening

sweeten

verb

To make something more attractive, esp more remunerative: Then they sweetened the offer by several thousand dollars (1896+ Cardplaying)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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