- to make sweet with or as with sugar
- to make pleasant or agreeable, as to the sense of smell
- to counteract the acidic condition of (the soil, the stomach, etc.)
- to mollify; appease
- Now Rare to alleviate; ease
- Business, Informal
- to increase the value of (collateral for a loan) by pledging additional securities
- to increase the value of (an offer) in order to induce acceptance, promote sales, etc.
- Poker, Slang to add further stakes to (a pot) before opening
to become sweet
See sweeten in American Heritage Dictionary 4
, sweet·ens verb, transitive
- To make sweet or sweeter by adding sugar, honey, saccharin, or another sweet substance.
- To make more pleasant or agreeable.
- To soften or soothe: sweetened her mood.
- To make bearable; alleviate.
a. To increase the value of (collateral for a loan) by adding more securities.
b. To enhance the attractiveness or financial desirability of (an offer, for example).
- Games To increase the value of (an unwon poker pot) by adding stakes before reopening.
- To make less acidic: sweeten the stomach with antacids.
- To remove sulfur compounds from (fuel oil or gas).
To become sweet.
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