gratifying vs sweet what difference

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡrætɪfaɪ.ɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: grat‧i‧fy‧ing



  1. present participle of gratify



From Middle English sweete, swete, from Old English swēte (sweet), from Proto-West Germanic *swōtī, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz (sweet), from Proto-Indo-European *swéh₂dus (sweet).

Cognate and synonymous with Scots sweit, North Frisian sweete, West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød, Swedish söt, Norwegian søt, Latin suāvis, Sanskrit स्वादु (svādú), Ancient Greek ἡδύς (hēdús). Doublet of suave.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /swiːt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /swit/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /swiːt/
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophone: suite


sweet (comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest)

  1. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. Having a taste of sugar.
    • 2018 May 16, Adam Rogers, Wired, “The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel”:
      A few types of molecules get sensed by receptors on the tongue. Protons coming off of acids ping receptors for “sour.” Sugars get received as “sweet.” Bitter, salty, and the proteinaceous flavor umami all set off their own neural cascades.
  3. (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
  4. Not having a salty taste.
  5. Having a pleasant smell.
    • 1838, Longfellow, “Voices of the Night: The Reaper and the Flowers”:
      The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
  6. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
  7. Having a pleasant sound.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Scarlet Letter, Ticknor and Fields, page 135:
      a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful
  8. Having a pleasing disposition.
  9. Having a helpful disposition.
  10. (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
  11. (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
    • 14 November 2014, Steven Haliday, Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero
      GORDON Strachan enjoyed the sweetest of his 16 matches in charge of Scotland so far as his team enhanced their prospects of Euro 2016 qualification with a crucial and deserved victory over Republic of Ireland.
  12. (slang) Doing well; in a good or happy position.
  13. (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated, enamoured with, fond of
    The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
  14. (obsolete) Fresh; not salt or brackish.
    • 1627, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or A Natural History, in The Works of Francis Bacon (1826), page 66
      The white of an egg, or blood mingled with salt water, doth gather the saltness and maketh the water sweeter; this may be by adhesion.
  15. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise lost (source), Samuel Simmons, page 278:
      Sweet interchange / Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.


  • (having a taste of sugar): saccharine, sugary
  • (containing a sweetening ingredient): sugared, sweetened
  • (not having a salty taste): fresh, unsalty
  • (having a pleasant smell): fragrant, odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
  • (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale): fresh, unfermented, wholesome
  • (having a pleasant sound): dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant
  • (having a pleasing disposition): cute, lovable, pleasant
  • (having a helpful disposition): kind, gracious, helpful, sensitive, thoughtful
  • ((informal) very pleasing): rad, awesome, wicked


  • (having a pleasant taste): bitter, sour, salty
  • (containing a sweetening ingredient): nonsweet, sugarless, unsugared, unsweetened, unsweet
  • (of wines: retaining a portion of natural sugar): dry
  • (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale): decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, stale
  • (not having a salty taste): salty, savoury
  • (free from excessive unwanted substances): sour
  • ((informal) very pleasing): lame, uncool

Derived terms


See sweet/translations § Adjective.



  1. Used as a positive response to good news or information.
    They’re making a sequel? Ah, sweet!


sweet (comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)

  1. In a sweet manner.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost, Act 1 Scene 1:
      “and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage.”

      (and, my child, allow them sweetly to be men with good reputations and conduct)


  • (in a sweet manner): sweetly



sweet (countable and uncountable, plural sweets)

  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, Britain) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, Britain) A food eaten for dessert.
    Can we see the sweet menu, please?
  4. Sweetheart; darling.
    • Wherefore frowns my sweet?
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
  6. (obsolete) Sweetness, delight; something pleasant to the mind or senses.
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, III.2:
      Fear’s fire to fervency, which makes love’s sweet prove nectar.


  • (sweet taste sensation): See sweetness
  • (food that is high in sugar content): bonbon, candy (US), confection, confectionery, lolly (Australia)
  • (food eaten for dessert): See dessert

Derived terms

  • spoon sweet
  • sweet shop / sweetshop



sweet (third-person singular simple present sweets, present participle sweeting, simple past and past participle sweeted)

  1. (obsolete or poetic) To sweeten.


  • Tewes, weest, weets



  • IPA(key): /svɪə̯t/

Etymology 1

From Dutch zweet, from Middle Dutch sweet, from Old Dutch *sweit, *swēt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-, from Proto-Indo-European *sweyd-.


sweet (uncountable)

  1. sweat

Etymology 2

From Dutch zweten, from Middle Dutch swêten.


sweet (present sweet, present participle swetende, past participle gesweet)

  1. to sweat

Middle Dutch


From Old Dutch *swēt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-.


swêet n

  1. sweat, perspiration


This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms

  • sweit

Derived terms

  • swêten


  • Dutch: zweet
  • Limburgish: zweit

Further reading

  • “sweet”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “sweet”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN

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