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Sweeten, to make sweet or to perfume; and, metaphorically, to make grateful and pleasing, to soften: “--s the aloes of all forces,” Compl. 272. “the face to s. of the whole dungy earth,” Wint. II, 1, 156. theirs (travel) “is --ed with the hope,” R2 II, 3, 13. “to s. which name of Ned, I give thee this pennyworth of sugar,” H4A II, 4, 24. “s. the bitter mock,” H5 II, 4, 122. “I cannot sing, . . . nor s. talk,” Troil. IV, 4, 88. “s. with thy breath this neighbour air,” Rom. II, 6, 26. “all the perfumes of Arabia will not s. this little hand,” Mcb. V, 1, 57. “an ounce of civet, to s. my imagination,” Lr. IV, 6. Lr. IV, 6 “with fairest flowers I'll s. thy sad grave,” Cymb. IV, 2, 220.
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