enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhan(t)s How to pronounce enhance (audio) , 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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enhancement \ in-​ˈhan(t)-​smənt How to pronounce enhancement (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Performance-enhancing drug policies, to take the most familiar contemporary example, discipline players with future suspensions, not with some forfeiture of past wins. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Wrong Way to Solve the MLB’s Sign-Stealing Scandal," 15 Jan. 2020 While a full-time job comes with certain outlined tasks, there are always new projects and experiences to jump on that can enhance your abilities and career. Sarah Fielding, Fortune, "How Freelancing Can Help Your Career," 13 Jan. 2020 The Hyper-Flite Track minimizes arrow contact along the rail—something that, in theory, should greatly enhance accuracy and consistency. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "The Hottest New Hunting Crossbows for 2020," 12 Jan. 2020 Armies had long consumed various psychoactive substances, but this was the first large-scale use of a synthetic performance-enhancing drug. Peter Andreas, Time, "How Methamphetamine Became a Key Part of Nazi Military Strategy," 7 Jan. 2020 Salazar was accused of possessing and trafficking testosterone gel and other substances that can enhance athletic performance. oregonlive, "Oregon’s top 15 newsmakers of 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 Here are 10 contemporary innovations that will enhance every part of your ice fishing experience this winter. Field & Stream, "10 High-Tech Tools to Change the Way You Ice Fish," 18 Dec. 2019 Below are a bunch of gift ideas for the cinephile that will enhance their fandom and expand their film knowledge. Wired, "Now Playing: 16 Gift Ideas for Movie Buffs," 15 Dec. 2019 Right now, Aukey is marking down a variety of tech accessories that will enhance your video streaming, gaming, web browsing and working experience. CNN Underscored, "The best Black Friday deals to shop on Amazon," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of enhance was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enhance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhance. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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enhance

verb
How to pronounce enhance (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enhance

: to increase or improve (something)

enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhans How to pronounce enhance (audio) \
enhanced; enhancing

Kids Definition of enhance

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

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