en·rich | \in-ˈrich, en-\
enriched; enriching; enriches

Definition of enrich 

transitive verb

: to make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient the experience will enrich your life : such as

a : to add beauty to : adorn

b : to enhance the taste of butter will enrich the sauce

c : to make (a soil) more fertile

d : to improve the nutritive value of (a food) by adding nutrients (such as vitamins or amino acids) and especially by restoring part of the nutrients lost in processing enriched flour

e : to process so as to add or increase the proportion of a desirable ingredient enriched uranium enriched natural gas

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Other Words from enrich

enricher noun
enrichment \in-ˈrich-mənt, en- \ noun

Examples of enrich in a Sentence

They tried to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor. How can I enrich my vocabulary? He used manure to enrich the soil. The drink is enriched with vitamin C.
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The sweet tenderness of the seafood is elevated, not overwhelmed, with lime, ginger and cilantro, and enriched with fragrant, toasted sesame oil. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Forget the toast, try avocado atop these crab cakes.," 5 June 2018 Eventide has one of my favorite clam chowders, a thin, briny potion stocked with potatoes, enriched with salt pork. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "How does Fenway Eventide stack up to the original?," 4 June 2018 Or try Cream of Wheat, which comes enriched with calcium and iron. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Food challenge: Find what's good for them, and tastes good to them," 25 Apr. 2018 The disk was topped with a coin of truffle and covered in a sauce enriched with blood, Armagnac brandy, creme de cassis and a bit of dark cocoa powder. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 Spokesman Lucas Petry said the company's products are enriched with plant extracts like African ebony, Furcellaria, Alpine sanicle and Lampsana to protect skin from free radicals, treat scarring and soothe irritation. Marian Liu, CNN, "How your skin care could protect you from pollution," 20 Mar. 2018 The lineup includes spicy ramens and Ishida’s own White Winter Miso Ramen enriched with parmesan and cottage cheeses and garnished with fresh basil and goji berries. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A ramen master is cooking in Indianapolis," 25 Jan. 2018 Infant cereals are also enriched with these nutrients and could be good first foods for babies. Alice Park, Time, "These Are the Best Foods for a Baby's Brain," 23 Jan. 2018 The sanctions are designed to penalize some of Russia's richest industrialists, who are seen in the West as enriching themselves from Putin's increasingly authoritarian administration. Author: Gardiner Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration imposes new sanctions on oligarchs tied to Putin," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of enrich

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enrich

Middle English, from Anglo-French enrichir, enricher, from en- + riche rich

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English Language Learners Definition of enrich

: to make (someone) rich or richer

: to improve the quality of (something) : to make (something) better

: to improve the usefulness or quality of (something) by adding something to it


en·rich | \in-ˈrich \
enriched; enriching

Kids Definition of enrich

1 : to make rich or richer

2 : to improve the quality of food by adding vitamins and minerals enriched flour

3 : to make more fertile Farmers enrich soil with fertilizer.

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