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 Launching today, May 17, Half Magic arrives with ten different products to enhance your makeup looks. ELLE, 18 May 2022 Brands would monitor visitors and gather data to enhance targeted ads through the usage of cookies. Sampo Parkkinen, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Cultiver combines the airy and luxurious texture of linen with a prewashing process to enhance the softness. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Pay particular emphasis on the underserved youth under 18 years of age and cooperatively work with the Board of Education and the Harford County Public Schools to enhance outreach to students, teachers, and parents. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Even amid the uncertainty, many local communities geared up early for this year’s outdoor dining, including adopting new regulations and strategies to enhance the safety and visual appearance of the streets hosting it. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 To enhance the measure's chances in Congress, the House bill dropped Biden’s proposal to ease the pathway to legal permanent residency for qualifying Afghans who fled to the U.S. after last summer’s American withdrawal from that country. Alan Fram, ajc, 11 May 2022 Artisan is a perfume designed to intrigue and entice, tailored to enhance your personal brand of individuality. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Spray your ponytail with texture spray to enhance volume. Mariah Morrison, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 May 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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20 May 2022

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“Enhance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhance. Accessed 25 May. 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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