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

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 But a few pandemic predators have found ways to enrich themselves by exploiting gray areas in their contracts or creating rigid refund rules. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Pandemic predators: How travel companies take advantage of you during COVID-19," 20 June 2020 Its later half, in particular, is formally and stylistically daring, pulling narrative tricks and reversals that manage to enrich the central narrative in surprising ways. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow," 12 June 2020 Demby and Meraji are joined by guests with relevant expertise, many of whom also enrich the show with lived experience. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Recommended movies, shows, podcasts, and more addressing systemic racism and police brutality," 10 June 2020 That means money spent at his properties benefits him personally, and creates, at the very least, the appearance of influencing his official treatment of those who enrich him and those who don’t. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "Can the Constitution Reach Trump’s Corruption?," 9 June 2020 Jackson said the people arrested in the looting were the criminal opportunists, people who saw a chance to enrich themselves in the mayhem. cleveland, "A critical hour of looting, a breach of the Justice Center, talk of liberating inmates: more details from Saturday’s riot in Cleveland," 3 June 2020 Misarti’s group was happy to help enrich the museum’s collection, one of the largest assortments of walrus bones in the world. Anchorage Daily News, "Lessons from Alaska walrus bones, dusty and stinky," 5 Apr. 2020 The rich man always enriches himself at another man’s expense; the powerful man always becomes powerful at a third party’s expense. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, "What the Honest Capitalist Will Say," 21 Feb. 2020 Though most parties to the nuclear deal remain in the agreement, Iran has also started enriching and stockpiling at a higher level than allowed by the deal. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Why Iraq is at the center of the dispute between Iran and the United States," 31 Dec. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrich. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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