enrich

verb
en·​rich | \ in-ˈrich How to pronounce enrich (audio) , 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 How to pronounce enrichment (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enrich

Synonyms

ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, help, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade

Antonyms

worsen

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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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Early March is an excellent time to launch plans, gather advice or to make changes that will enrich your future and bring prosperity. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 13, 2019: Gemini, review your budget and bills; Scorpio, release what’s not needed," 13 July 2019 There are men and women who are emotionally invested in every play, and others who prefer to use their status as NFL monarch to propel all of the other business and social ventures that enrich their lives. Conor Orr, SI.com, "After Kingsbury: What to Look for in the Next Wave of NFL Coaching Hires," 10 July 2019 The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a brief statement that Iran is enriching uranium above 3.67%. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Dangerous path': Iran breaches uranium enrichment level under nuclear deal," 8 July 2019 Other grants from the Medina County Community Fund this year will support local causes that enrich the quality of life for all Medina County residents. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Looking at items from the past is always interesting: Whit & Whimsey," 5 July 2019 The inner circle of friends, family and colleagues that enrich life’s experiences. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "What business leaders can learn from 100-year-olds in Okinawa," 29 June 2019 The nuclear deal placed other restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, including its development of advanced centrifuges that can enrich uranium more quickly. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "The Iran Crisis, Explained," 17 June 2019 Fred Trump began taking steps that enriched Donald alone, introducing him to the charms of building with cheap government loans. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Beneficial nematodes that enrich the soil may feed on the decaying material, insects, or other nematodes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 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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enrich

verb

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

enrich

verb
en·​rich | \ in-ˈrich How to pronounce enrich (audio) \
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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