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Definition of sweet adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (sweeter, sweetest)
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  1. 1containing, or tasting as if it contains, a lot of sugar He likes his coffee sweet. sweet food I had a craving for something sweet. sweet sherry This apple pie is too sweet for me. opposite sour compare bitter, salty
  2. smell
  3. 2having a pleasant smell synonym fragrant a sweet-smelling rose The air was sweet with incense.
  4. sound
  5. 3having a pleasant sound a sweet voice
  6. pure
  7. 4pleasant and not containing any harmful substances the sweet air of a mountain village
  8. satisfying
  9. 5making you feel happy and/or satisfied Goodnight.Sweet dreams. I can't tell you how sweet this victory is. He played a sweet shot onto the final green (= in golf ). an act of sweet revenge
  10. kind
  11. 6having or showing a kind character She gave him her sweetest smile. He's one of the sweetest people I know. It was sweet of them to offer to help. He's not what you'd call sweet-tempered!
  12. attractive
  13. 7(especially of children or small things) attractive synonym cute The kids look sweet in this photograph.
  14. good
  15. 8Sweet! (informal) used to show that you approve of something Free tickets? Sweet!
  16. Idioms
    be sweet on somebody (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    to like someone very much in a romantic way
    have a sweet tooth (informal)
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    to like food that contains a lot of sugar
    home sweet home (often ironic)
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    used to say how pleasant your home is (especially when you really mean that it is not pleasant at all)
    in your own sweet time/way
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    how and when you want to, even though this might annoy other people He always does the work, but in his own sweet time.
    short and sweet (informal)
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    pleasant but not lasting a long time We don't have much time so I'll keep it short and sweet.
    sweet nothings
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    romantic words to whisper sweet nothings in someone's ear
    the sweet smell of success (informal)
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    the pleasant feeling of being successful
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sweet