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 enhancement (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 That group issued recommendations in April to enhance domestic mining and production, including the establishment of a fund to establish a uranium reserve. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Biden says he opposes uranium mining around Grand Canyon, citing importance to tribes," 7 Aug. 2020 Vermeer has found a fan in the British film director Terence Davies, who has used Vermeer-like effects to enhance the stark settings of his autobiographical movies, inspired by a working-class childhood in mid-20th-century Liverpool. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "How a Filmmaker Refracts Vermeer’s Light," 7 Aug. 2020 They’ll be required to wear PPE and will work in pods to enhance social distancing. oregonlive, "‘Big Brother: All Stars’ premiere: When it’s on, how to livestream, what changes to expect," 6 Aug. 2020 They’ll be required to wear PPE and will work in pods to enhance social distancing. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Bayleigh Dayton, Da'Vonne Rogers and More Familiar Faces Amongst Big Brother All-Stars Cast," 5 Aug. 2020 Crew and staff will be required to wear PPE and work in pods to enhance social distancing. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Love Island sets premiere date for surreal Las Vegas quarantine edition," 5 Aug. 2020 Lyons will develop and oversee programs and services designed to enhance diversity representation in the organization and across the region. Julie Washington, cleveland, "United Way of Greater Cleveland cuts 12 jobs in pivot to digital-driven organization," 5 Aug. 2020 In April, Wolf’s staff set up an Instagram account to enhance their boss’s profile. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Chad Wolf emerges as Trump’s favorite Department of Homeland Security chief," 3 Aug. 2020 The idea behind a scalp massage is to enhance blood circulation to the hair follicles, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The 8 Best Scalp Massagers, According to Customer Reviews," 3 Aug. 2020

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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 15 Aug. 2020.

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enhance

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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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