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sweetadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /swit/
(esp. of food or drink) having a taste similar to that of sugar or honey: The four basic tastes are sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. I like sweet cherries. The desserts were not overly sweet.
If a smell or sound is sweet, it is pleasant and enjoyable: a sweet-smelling rose bush These singers are known for their sweet voices.
Sweet can be used, esp. of something or someone small, to mean charming and attractive: What a sweet baby!
Sweet can also mean kind, generous, and likable: He was very sweet to her.
sweetly
adverb  us   /ˈswit·li/
The birds sang sweetly.
sweetness
noun [U]  us   /ˈswit·nəs/
Melons have more sweetness in the summer.
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"sweet" in British English

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sweetadjective

uk   /swiːt/  us   /swiːt/
  • sweet adjective (TASTE)

A1 (especially of food or drink) having a taste similar to that of sugar; not bitter or salty: The pineapple was sweet and juicy. I prefer salty snacks to sweet ones.

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  • sweet adjective (PLEASANT)

If an emotion or event is sweet, it is very pleasant and satisfying: She was enjoying the sweet smell of success.
If a sound is sweet, it is pleasant and easy to like: She has a sweet singing voice.
A2 (especially of something or someone small) pleasant and attractive: They live in a sweet little house. What a sweet baby!
B1 kind and pleasant: I think Alex is really sweet. It was sweet of you to help me.

sweetnoun

uk   /swiːt/  us   /swiːt/
A2 [C] UK (US candy) a small piece of sweet food, made of sugar: She bought a packet of sweets to suck on the way.
[C] US any food with a lot of sugar in it: No cake, thanks. I'm trying to avoid sweets.
[C or U] UK sweet food eaten at the end of a meal: There was only one sweet on the menu - chocolate cake with cream.

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Idioms

sweetexclamation

uk   us   /swiːt/ mainly US Australian English informal
used to show that you are happy about something or think it is good: "I got free tickets to the gig." "Sweet!"
(Definition of sweet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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