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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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sweetenersweet‧ener /ˈswiːtnə $ -ər/ noun  1 [countable, uncountable]DF a substance used to make food or drink taste sweeter No artificial sweeteners are used in this product.2 [countable] informalPERSUADE something that you give to someone to persuade them to do something, especially to accept a business deal These tax cuts are just a pre-election sweetener.
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sweetenerThe new airport is an unpopular development but the government has promised £4 million in grants to the local community as a sweetener.Most "diet" foods are full of artificial sweeteners.Why are we content to settle for second-rate flavors, fake chocolates, no-fat cheeses, and chemical-tasting artificial sweeteners?Artificial additives such as colourings, sweeteners and flavour enhancers aren't permitted in baby foods.But Devenish shareholders get a dividend sweetener.No oil, dairy products or sweeteners are added so the principle of slow rise will prevail.Canderel is made with NutraSweet so, unlike some saccharin sweeteners, it doesn't have a bitter aftertaste.Added to the sweeteners they'd have to pay back, that would mean a deficit of nearly £130m.That, Eaton thought, was the sweetener that would surely make Rickey sell.
From Longman Business Dictionarysweetenersweet‧ener /ˈswiːtnə-ər/ noun [countable]1something used to make an offer, suggestion etc seem more attractiveThe latest response from the government is a reported £20 million sweetener for UK businesses.As a sweetener, managers who retire by Dec. 30 will receive an extra 15% on their pension. equity sweetener2a BRIBE (=illegal or unfair payment made to someone to persuade them to do something)It had a reputation as a country where every transaction required a sweetener.
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