en·​rich | \in-ˈrich, 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, 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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Other tasks for Zabel included looking at the quality of the harvest, picking up microbiological samples and checking on the systems (light, temperature regulation, and air supply enriched by nutrients and carbon dioxide). Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Antarctica Greenhouse Produces Cucumbers, Tomatoes and More in Mars-Like Test," 24 Sep. 2018 Several members of the four South Florida Jewish Federations recently returned from the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet Mission to Morocco and Spain feeling enlightened and enriched by the experience. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Federation leaders return enriched from mission to Morocco, Spain," 21 June 2018 Wilton will be missed by family as well as many friends whose lives were enriched by knowing him. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 The map is enriched by a technique called building extraction. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The tragedy also highlighted how many people, including some former refugees, had taken advantage of the crisis to enrich themselves. Helene Bienvenu And Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 15 June 2018 Iacobelli and Morgan-Holiefield have pleaded guilty to felonies related to embezzling money intended for worker training to enrich themselves. Jamie Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "UAW-Chrysler training center sues to recoup stolen money," 8 June 2018 There is also a danger that forces within the big tech companies could enrich themselves through lawful hacking. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Cracking the Crypto War," 25 Apr. 2018 Activity also continues at a nearby building where plutonium is extracted from spent fuel, and staining on the roof of another building suggests the North is enriching weapons-grade uranium using centrifuges. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Korea Keeps Enriching Uranium," 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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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 \
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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