en·​rich in-ˈrich How to pronounce enrich (audio)
enriched; enriching; enriches

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
: to add beauty to : adorn
: to enhance the taste of
butter will enrich the sauce
: to make (a soil) more fertile
: 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
: to process so as to add or increase the proportion of a desirable ingredient
enriched uranium
enriched natural gas
enricher noun
enrichment 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enrich was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enrich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrich. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​rich in-ˈrich How to pronounce enrich (audio)
: to make rich or richer
enrich the mind
: to make (soil) more fertile
: to improve the value of (food) for nutrition by adding vitamins and minerals in processing
: to increase the proportion of a desirable ingredient
enriched uranium
enriched natural gas
enrichment noun

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