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Meaning of “sweeten” in the English Dictionary

"sweeten" in British English

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sweetenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈswiː.tən/
  • sweeten verb [T] (MORE PLEASANT)

to make something more ​attractive: The ​phonecompanythrew in two month's ​worth of ​freecalls to sweeten the ​deal. to make a ​person or a ​moodhappier or ​friendlier: I ​think you should ​try to sweeten him up before you ​ask him for the ​loan.
(Definition of sweeten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sweeten" in American English

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sweetenverb [T]

 us   /ˈswi·tən/
to make something ​tastesweet: Sweeten the ​nutbread by ​addingdriedfruit. infml If they ​want to ​settle the ​strike, the owners still must sweeten ​theiroffer (= make it more ​valuable and ​attractive).
(Definition of sweeten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sweeten" in Business English

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sweetenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈswiːtən/
to make something more attractive and acceptable: sweeten the deal/bid/offer The city had ​tried to sweeten the ​deal with a $140 million ​package.
sweetened
adjective [before noun]
The ​board unanimously decided to ​accept a sweetened ​offer.
(Definition of sweeten from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sweeten”
in Arabic يُحلّي…
in Korean 달게 하다…
in Portuguese adoçar…
in Catalan endolcir…
in Japanese ~に甘味を加える, ~を甘くする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 味道, 使变甜…
in Turkish tatlandırmak…
in Russian подслащивать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 味道, 使變甜…
in Italian addolcire, dolcificare, zuccherare…
in Polish słodzić, osłodzić…
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