enhance

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verb en·hance \in-ˈhan(t)s, en-\

Definition of enhance

enhanced

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enhancing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  raise

  3. 2 :  heighten, increase; especially :  to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness enhanced the room with crown molding

enhancement

play \in-ˈhan(t)-smənt, en-\ noun

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Examples of enhance in a Sentence

  1. You can enhance the flavor of the dish by using fresh herbs.

  2. The image has been digitally enhanced to show more detail.

  3. The company is looking to enhance its earnings potential.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of enhance

Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-French enhaucer, enhauncer, from Vulgar Latin *inaltiare, from Latin in + altus high — more at old


ENHANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of enhance for English Language Learners

  • : to increase or improve (something)


ENHANCE Defined for Kids

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verb en·hance \in-ˈhans\

Definition of enhance for Students

enhanced

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enhancing

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



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