When you sweeten something, you make it taste sweeter. To sweeten your lemonade, just add more sugar.

To literally sweeten something, like your muffin recipe or a cup of tea, all you need to do is add something that tastes sweet, like honey, molasses, sugar, or even apple juice. When you figuratively sweeten something, you make it more appealing or acceptable. The phrase "sweeten the pot" or "sweeten the deal" comes from poker, in which it means to add more bets (or money) to the game.

Definitions of sweeten
  1. verb
    make sweeter in taste
    synonyms: dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate
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    acetify, acidify, acidulate, sour
    make sour or more sour
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    sweeten with honey
    saccharify, sugar
    sweeten with sugar
    candy, glaze, sugarcoat
    coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
    heat with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
    type of:
    change taste
    alter the flavor of
  2. verb
    make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable
    sweeten a deal”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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