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 enrich (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web These apps use image recognition and Augmented Reality (AR) to enrich the experience for the shopper. Giusy Buonfantino, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The steroid era was marked by a collective shift in mindset among players who saw PEDs enrich dozens of their colleagues, though not without significant health risks, both physically and mentally. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 And while some fees are legit, most are just clever ways to enrich an owner. USA Today, 4 June 2021 The recent epidemic of corporate stock buybacks, which enrich shareholders and the C-suite by making quarterly numbers sparkle but do nothing to boost productivity, is the progeny of this ’80s fear campaign. Bob Ivry, Town & Country, 3 June 2021 The gift will help enrich its journalism and sports program that was originally launched with a donation from director and actor Spike Lee. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 Its mission is to enrich the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience. Carole Berman, sun-sentinel.com, 27 May 2021 For the rest of the day, Epic’s lawyers sought to demonstrate that what Apple most wanted to enrich was itself, at the expense of consumers. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 21 May 2021 Learn from the responses, and play off them to enrich your conversation. Nancy Marshall, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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

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12 Jun 2021

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“Enrich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrich. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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