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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The lamp mimics sunlight to enhance mood, energy, sleep, and focus—without radiating UV rays. Lynn Kim, House Beautiful, "This Little Light Could Make You Feel Happier," 26 Mar. 2019 What Is Eyebrow Tinting? Eyebrow tinting is the process of applying semi-permanent dye to enhance, shape, and define your brows. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is Eyebrow Tinting, Anyway?," 1 Feb. 2019 That feeling, or state, is already possible in Tetris, of course, so Mizuguchi’s goal was to enhance it. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s trippy new take on Tetris will put you in the zone," 31 Oct. 2018 One recommendation was to enhance the main entrance at each building where visitors check in, according to the report. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Glenbrook District 225 to add bullet-resistant glazing at school entrances," 26 June 2018 The track is in the midst of major renovations to enhance fan experience. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "6 tracks that could replace Phoenix on IndyCar schedule in 2019," 23 June 2018 The first goal is to enhance Near-Earth Object (NEO) detection, tracking, and characterization capabilities, in order to increase the response time the U.S. (and all of Earth, really) would have if something came our way through space. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Here's How NASA Plans to Protect Earth From Giant Asteroids Hurtling Through Space," 21 June 2018 His goal was not to enhance American security by achieving complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea — a cause that his Potemkin summit arguably set back rather than advanced. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Summit Spectacle Was Just a Momentary Distraction From His Bigger Problems," 13 June 2018 Mirrored trays, bouquets in soft shades, and decadent candles all enhance the vibe. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 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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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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