Meaning of “sweetener” in the English Dictionary

"sweetener" in British English

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uk /ˈswiːt.nər/ us /ˈswiːt.nɚ/

sweetener noun (TASTE)

[ C or U ] an artificial substance that has a similar taste to sugar, or a small pill made of this

sweetener noun (PERSUADE)

[ C ] something that you give to someone in order to persuade him or her to do something:

The tax bill includes sweeteners for both parties, so it looks likely to pass.

mainly UK [ C ] a present or money given to persuade someone to do something, especially in a way that is secret and often dishonest:

a financial sweetener

(Definition of “sweetener” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sweetener" in American English

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sweetenernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈswi·tən·ər/

an artificial substance that tastes sweet:

[ C ] Excessive use of any artificial sweetener is unwise.

(Definition of “sweetener” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sweetener" in Business English

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sweetenernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈswiːtər/ us

something that is given to someone in order to make an offer or situation more attractive and acceptable:

a $50m/cash, etc. sweetener The government is to offer a £50m sweetener to persuade workers at state-owned factories facing closure to take new jobs with private companies.
Flexible benefits packages, including extra holiday entitlement, have been offered to employees as a sweetener.

(Definition of “sweetener” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)