- 1sweeten something to make food or drinks taste sweeter by adding sugar, etc.
- 2sweeten somebody (up) (informal) to try to make somebody 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 to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant synonym sugar-coat
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sweeten
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtn//he / she / it sweetens
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtnz//past simple sweetened
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtnd//past participle sweetened
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtnd//-ing form sweetening
BrE BrE//ˈswiːtnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːtnɪŋ//