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

Other Words from enhance

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 literally meant to raise something higher. That sense, though now obsolete, provides a clue about the origins of the word. Enhance, which was spelled enhauncen in Middle English, comes to us from Anglo-French enhaucer or enhauncer ("to raise"), which can be traced back to the Latin altus ("high") by way of an assumed Vulgar Latin verb inaltiare, which would have been formed by combining the prefix in- with the Latin altus. Although enhance initially applied only to physically making things higher, it developed an additional and less literal sense of "to exalt especially in rank or spirit," and quickly acquired extended 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The academy is designed to enhance the student representative experience by providing leadership skills training. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Bidwill also said the sportsbook helps enhance the gameday experience for fans. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2022 AirPods support a feature called Live Listen that can help enhance the audio experience for everyday activities. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Aug. 2022 It’s part of the league’s latest efforts to compile data not just for teams to analyze and interpret, but to help enhance the fan experience as well. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, 23 Aug. 2022 Retailers who want to continue to engage customers will continue to embrace new technological offerings to enhance the in-store experience. Bobby Marhamat, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Meta is taking advantage of the burgeoning work-from-home culture to introduce two new features that turn its Portal smart displays into second screens for PCs and enhance the video-calling experience on Macs. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 11 Aug. 2022 Cardinal Stadium has undergone several changes to enhance the fan experience after receiving feedback from ticketholders last year. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 14 Sep. 2022 Use warm wood tones to balance a crisp white kitchen or to enhance the appeal of deep green and blue tones. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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29 Sep 2022

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“Enhance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhance. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhans How to pronounce enhance (audio) \
enhanced; enhancing

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

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