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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Opponents accuse Ortega and his family of widespread corruption and of using the presidency to enrich themselves illegally. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "U.S. slaps economic sanctions on three top Nicaraguan officials," 5 July 2018 Nor do the documents make clear whether Cohen, who is reportedly under federal investigation for possible bank fraud and violation of election laws, was simply enriching himself without Trump’s knowledge. Brian Bennett, Time, "Michael Cohen’s ‘Essential Consultants’ Business Is a Big Problem for Donald Trump," 10 May 2018 These minnows enrich larger predatory outfitters selling kits and infrastructure. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 These relationships can enrich your perspective and build your own professional brand and that of your organization. Linda Clark-santos, idahostatesman, "Want to be successful? Manage up, down, across and out!," 20 June 2018 The Trump and Obama administrations have imposed numerous economic sanctions on the Maduro government, accusing many senior officials of enriching themselves through drug trafficking and money laundering. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "U.S. citizen jailed for two years in Venezuela is released," 26 May 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. Gardiner Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump imposes new sanctions on Putin allies," 6 Apr. 2018 This tinted cream, which comes enriched with rejuvenating Centella asiatica and SPF 25, is the brainchild of Korean-French skin-care brand, Erborian. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Say Goodbye to Winter Redness With These 6 CC Creams," 16 Jan. 2019 Using food waste to enrich your soil benefits the earth in a number of ways, including reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and decreasing methane emissions in landfills. Josie Colt, WIRED, "Compost Makes an Internet Community Grow, Thanks to an App," 19 June 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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