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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 of enhance from the web
The new reform program will significantly enhance competitiveness and transparency, making way for Egypt’s gigantic but undertapped market to be among the world’s most profitable.
Where that brand used to enhance value, it is now being perceived as a detraction to value.
In short, fears that Europe lacks the cohesion to avoid a financial crisis may be enhancing the threat of one.
The question of whether pluralism and security are indeed in tension, or whether pluralism in fact enhances security, is one that people around the world have long grappled with.
Actually, everything is both enhanced and ruined by computers.
As the world celebrated a hero, Walsh was convinced that Armstrong was one of the many cyclists taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Salt and acidity are the only components that actually enhance flavors.
Jimmy responds with insolence, but confidence… a confidence that is enhanced by one of his slimmest suits yet.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 13th century
ENHANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enhance for English Language Learners
: to increase or improve (something)
ENHANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of enhance for Students
: to make greater or better The products claim to enhance beauty.
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