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 The people contracted to build this app are part of an incomprehensible labyrinth of Democratic-connected nonprofits and consulting firms whose main purpose is to enrich party insiders. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "American democracy is dying," 7 Feb. 2020 Real-world trial and error enriches the expert’s virtual world. Ravi Kumar, Quartz at Work, "How can we create a workforce full of lifelong learners?," 20 Jan. 2020 Tom Price, the former GOP congressman and health secretary, was among the colleagues whom Collins helped to enrich. Damian Garde, STAT, "Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison in biotech insider trading scheme," 17 Jan. 2020 Pahlavi enriched himself and used American aid to fund the military while many Iranians lived in poverty. Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation, "US and Iran have a long, troubled history," 16 Jan. 2020 Mary Anne has enriched the lives of North Texans through her generous support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas through the decades. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "United Way will rename its building in honor of $10 million gift," 9 Jan. 2020 The ayatollahs are enriching fissile material to try to frighten France, Germany, and the U.K. into demanding that the U.S. lift sanctions. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump’s NATO Successes," 3 Dec. 2019 Media: Houston Zoo The painting serves a complex activity that the caretakers use to keep the animals engaged and enrich their daily routines. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Can you guess which Houston Zoo animals created these artworks?," 3 Dec. 2019 Members and associates of Nine Trey enriched themselves by committing robberies and selling drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, MDMA, dibutylone, and marijuana. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Sentenced to Two Years in Prison After Testifying Against Former Gang," 18 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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The first known use of enrich was in the 14th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Enrich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrich?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=enrich01. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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