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adjective sweet pronunciation in British English /swiːt/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    tasting like sugar

    I’d like something sweet, like a piece of cake.

    This tea is too sweet.

    She doesn’t really like sweet things.

  2. 2
    pleasant in smell, sound, or appearance

    The room is filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers.

    The entire audience was entranced by her clear sweet voice.

    a sweet little kitten

    1. a.
      making you experience a pleasant feeling

      The victory was sweet revenge for the team’s defeat last season.

      the sweet smell of success (=the pleasant feeling of success):

      We have yet to experience the sweet smell of success.

  3. 3
    kind, gentle, or nice to other people

    Caroline was the sweetest little girl I have ever looked after.

    sweet of:

    It was so sweet of you to do this.



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