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impregnated or incrusted with or as if with sugar:
candied ginger.
prepared by cooking in sugar or syrup:
candied yams.
honeyed; flattering:
candied words.
any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
a single piece of such a confection.
Slang. cocaine.
someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination):
eye candy.
to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
to coat with sugar:
to candy dates.
to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
to become covered with sugar.
to crystallize into sugar.
Contemporary Examples

Secrets of Día de los Muertos Ana Sofia Pelaez October 26, 2009
The Best Thanksgiving Wines Sophie Menin November 18, 2010
Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts Brian Boitano August 24, 2009
The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’ Bee Wilson October 12, 2012

Historical Examples

The Leader of the Lower School Angela Brazil
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
The Prisoner Alice Brown
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope

impregnated or encrusted with or as if with sugar or syrup: candied peel
(of sugar, honey, etc) crystallized
noun (pl) -dies
(mainly US & Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
(informal) like taking candy from a baby, very easy to accomplish
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar

Cocaine or hashish (narcotics 1900+)
A sugar cube soaked with lsd; LSD (1960s+ Narcotics)
Any barbiturate drug; drugs in general (1960s+ Narcotics)
Something easily done; breeze, cinch, piece of cake (1940s+)


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