enhance was our Word of the Day on 09/22/2009. Hear the podcast!
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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
Every decennial ushers in some new language meant to enhance the accuracy and reliability of the census as a measurement of the entire national population.
The three leaders met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Germany in July, and agreed to enhance their defense capabilities against the North Korean threat.
The Philippines central bank has ordered lenders to enhance management of their liquidity risks, giving them 10 months to develop procedures based on new guidelines.
Gary Patterson continues to enhance his reputation for halftime adjustments.
The app then prompts users to review the flashcards at strategic time intervals calculated to enhance long-term memorization.
They were built to enhance the natural beauty of the park as well as to provide a fun atmosphere for visitors.
The study also will identify how to enhance existing park amenities in conjunction with the stormwater improvements.
But for those willing to cheat, the obvious source is performance-enhancing drugs.
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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.
Synonymsameliorate, amend, better, improve, enrich, help, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade
Related Wordscorrect, emend, rectify, reform, remediate, remedy; edit, fine-tune, redraft, refurbish, rehab, rehabilitate, revamp, revise, rework; beef (up), boost, fortify, intensify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; fine, hone, polish; retouch, touch up
Near Antonymsdamage, endamage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, spoil, tarnish, vitiate; blemish, blight, deface, disfigure, flaw, mar; diminish, lessen, lower, reduce
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