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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But by the end, Shannon had artfully enhanced the star's beautiful features for the camera. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here Are the 8 Beauty Products Christina El Moussa Swears By," 13 Aug. 2018 Still more hotels have enhanced their chauffeured rides, teaming up with auto brands to create one-of-a-kind experiences for guests. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Forget Old-School 'House Cars': These Hotels Will Have You Riding in Incredible Luxury Vehicles," 10 Aug. 2018 Her reputation for tenacity was only enhanced Wednesday when her fellow Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, four years her junior, announced his retirement. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, "How two documentaries became summer box office hits," 28 June 2018 Then break up curls with a wide tooth comb, and avoid the urge to grab your favorite shine-enhancing spray or dry shampoo for a little extra oomph. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Finally: How to Make Your Aggressively Straight Hair Hold a Curl," 29 May 2018 Throughout the entire show, gorgeous scene-enhancing imagery – inspired by and sometimes lifted directly from the film – was projected onto the bowl’s façade. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Beauty and the Beast' in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: 8 Animated Highlights," 26 May 2018 Local governments and agencies can work with ride-hailing services to enhance public transit instead of undermining it. Daniel Sperling, Scientific American, "Can Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?," 5 July 2018 Every year since 2010, the Department of Defense's Warrior Games bring together wounded service members in a supportive and competitive environment to enhance their recovery and rehabilitation. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "This veteran battled back from injury and depression," 1 July 2018 Cutting back to enhance signature nights The cuts will allow the city to improve the quality of its signature festival weekends, such as Glendale Glitters opening weekend, said city spokeswoman Kim Larson. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "City strips down festivities at Glendale Glitters to cut costs," 26 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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