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 enhance (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 In addition, this technology can be used to enhance a live performance on stage, while delivering a different and more comprehensive streamed view of the event to those watching remotely on screens. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Crafted from steel and aluminum, the vessel sports a streamlined profile designed to enhance performance, according to the yard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 July 2021 Whether your goal is to age in place or enhance your performance, perturbation training can help. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 How could the 21-year-old be effectively barred from competing in her primary event – the 100-meter dash – at the Tokyo Olympics, because of a drug that has not been proven to enhance athletic performance? Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 The team is exploring potential opportunities to replicate the project across the region, with enormous potential to enhance the food security of environmentally vulnerable Small Island Developing States. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 There’s a simmering sense of anticipation about how far educators have come with technology, and its potential to enhance student learning. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Aug. 2021 There’s a simmering sense of anticipation about how far educators have come with technology, and its potential to enhance student learning. al, 25 Aug. 2021 There’s a simmering sense of anticipation about how far educators have come with technology, and its potential to enhance student learning. Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhance. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for enhance

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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