enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhan(t)s, en-\
enhanced; enhancing

Definition of enhance

transitive verb

1 : heighten, increase especially : to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness enhanced the room with crown molding
2 obsolete : raise

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Other Words from enhance

enhancement \ in-​ˈhan(t)-​smənt , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enhance

Synonyms

ameliorate, amend, better, enrich, help, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade

Antonyms

worsen

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Enhance Has Latin Roots

When enhance was borrowed into English in the 13th century, it meant “to raise.” That sense, though now obsolete, provides a clue about the origins of the word. Spelled enhauncen in Middle English, the word comes to us from Anglo-French enhaucer or enhauncer ("to raise"), which can be traced back to the Vulgar Latin verb inaltiare. That word, in turn, was formed by combining the prefix in- with Latin altus, meaning "high." Although enhance initially applied only to physically making things higher, it developed an additional and less literal sense "to exalt especially in rank or spirit" and quickly acquired figurative senses for "raising" the value or attractiveness of something or someone.

Examples of enhance in a Sentence

You can enhance the flavor of the dish by using fresh herbs. The image has been digitally enhanced to show more detail. The company is looking to enhance its earnings potential.
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Charter has made, and continues to make, substantial investments enhancing Internet service across the state of New York since our 2016 merger, as acknowledged by the Attorney General in this settlement. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter users who didn’t get promised speeds will get $75 or $150 refunds," 18 Dec. 2018 So while one organism might construct a more accurate representation of reality, that representation doesn’t enhance its survivability. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Despite inconclusive evidence that stretching can enhance your performance as a runner, there is no evidence that stretching after a run is can harm your performance. SELF, "7 Smart Things You Can Do to Proactively Prevent Running Injuries," 26 Sep. 2018 By merely enhancing your own lip color, your complexion will actually look younger and more vibrant. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018 The signs are being discussed in tandem with the city's efforts to create an overlay district that focuses on enhancing the downtown. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown," 9 July 2018 Added organ solos and enhanced the Two Tons Of Fun vocals with Cindy Mizelle singing the same parts as well adding more support. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Louie Vega Breaks Down 'NYC Disco' Double Album: Exclusive," 29 June 2018 The updated golf course, designed by veteran golf course architect Brian Silva, will feature new bunkers, enhanced short-game and range areas, and new signature holes. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "The Biltmore Hotel is transforming for the 21st century. You won't recognize the rooms.," 27 June 2018 Yet Clemens isn't in the Hall of Fame after being linked to using performance enhancing drugs. . George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Roger Clemens' son Kody latest Detroit Tigers prospect with All-Star pedigree," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of enhance

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for enhance

Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-French enhaucer, enhauncer, from Vulgar Latin *inaltiare, from Latin in + altus high — more at old

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enhance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enhance

: to increase or improve (something)

enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhans \
enhanced; enhancing

Kids Definition of enhance

: to make greater or better The products claim to enhance beauty.

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