- 1sweeten something to make food or drinks taste sweeter by adding sugar, etc.
- 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.
- 3sweeten something to make something more pleasant or acceptable The fall in inflation did little to sweeten news of massive job losses. Idioms
NAmE//ˈswitn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sweeten
he / she / it sweetens
past simple sweetened
-ing form sweetening
to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant synonym sugar-coat
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