Definition for SWEET-EN

SWEET-EN, v.t. [swee'tn.]

  1. To make sweet; as, to sweeten tea or coffee.
  2. To make pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship.
  3. To make mild or kind; as, to sweeten the temper.
  4. To make less painful; as, to sweeten the cares of life.
  5. To increase agreeable qualities; as, to sweeten the joys or pleasures of life.
  6. To soften; to make delicate. Correggio has made his name immortal by the strength he has given to his figures, and by sweetening his lights and shades. – Dryden.
  7. To make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten rooms or apartments that have been infected; to sweeten the air.
  8. To make warm and fertile; as, to dry and sweeten soils.
  9. To restore to purity; as, to sweeten water, butter, or meat.

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