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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Other Words from enhance

enhancement \ in-​ˈhan(t)-​smənt How to pronounce enhancement (audio) , 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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But public attitudes are shifting, in part because proximity to parks and trails has been shown to enhance property values. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 And consuming tiny doses of psychedelics to enhance productivity is fashionable these days. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 The change is being made to enhance the pace of the game. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al.com, "NCAA moving back 3-point line for next season, tweaks shot clock rule," 5 June 2019 The Mann Center, the prime city-country experience for many a summer classical listener, has spiffed up its grounds, which is certain to enhance the pleasure of the place. Peter Dobrin, https://www.inquirer.com, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 Information technology, $751,000 Six positions to enhance the city's cyber security. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix City Council to cut property tax rate, but most residents will pay more," 5 June 2019 Now Microsoft is adapting Ideas to Microsoft Word, offering ideas to enhance your writing as well. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Word integrates Microsoft's 'Ideas' to improve your writing with AI smarts," 6 May 2019 At night, apply topical retinoids to enhance cell turnover to shed pigment. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 21 Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time, According to Dermatologists," 23 Mar. 2019 My progressive vision seeks to enhance democratic governance by changing the electoral college, ending partisan gerrymandering, and combating race discrimination in voting. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why the Constitution is an inherently progressive document," 18 Dec. 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 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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