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Definition of sweeten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sweeten
    he / she / it sweetens
    past simple sweetened
    -ing form sweetening
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  1. 1sweeten something to make food or drinks taste sweeter by adding sugar, etc.
  2. 2sweeten somebody (up) (informal) to try to make someone more willing to help you, agree to something, etc. by giving them money, praising them, etc.
  3. 3sweeten something to make something more pleasant or acceptable The fall in inflation did little to sweeten news of massive job losses.
  4. Idioms
    sugar/sweeten the pill
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    to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant synonym sugar-coat
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