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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web One expert said Giuliani’s cybersecurity advisory role had the potential for Giuliani to enrich himself. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Costly path to rebuilding a bridge," 6 Jan. 2020 Ghosn was charged with four counts of financial misconduct and aggravated breach of trust, including by underreporting his income and enriching himself through payments to dealerships in the Middle East. Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Turkey detains seven people over escaped Nissan executive Ghosn’s ‘illegal transit’ through Istanbul," 2 Jan. 2020 Ghosn was charged with four counts of financial misconduct and aggravated breach of trust, including by allegedly underreporting his income and enriching himself through payments to dealerships in the Middle East. Washington Post, "Turkey detains seven people over escaped Nissan executive Ghosn’s ‘illegal’ transit through Istanbul," 2 Jan. 2020 An employee in the West Clermont Local School District collected $17,745 in funds meant for field trips to enrich himself, according to Ohio Auditor Keith Faber. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Auditor: West Clermont district employee took $17K in field trip money 'to give himself a raise'," 2 Jan. 2020 Wealthy owners have long understood how to game local and state tax breaks to enrich themselves and finance their businesses, and stadiums have long existed as a monument to disrupting and displacing the poor. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Trump’s Plan to Let Big Banks Get a Piece of the Stadium Scam," 18 Dec. 2019 In Ukraine and Russia, which continued to use the credits, researchers found companies had abused the system to enrich themselves at the expense of the climate. Ciara Nugent/ Madrid, Time, "How an Obscure Part of the Paris Climate Agreement Could Cut Twice as Many Carbon Emissions — Or Become a 'Massive Loophole' for Polluters," 12 Dec. 2019 Since 2017, eight people have pleaded guilty in an investigation of union officials and Fiat Chrysler executives enriching themselves with money from a job training center in Detroit. Colleen Barry, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler chairman not worried by General Motors lawsuit," 21 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors say Pugh did it to unlawfully enrich herself, promote her political career and illegally fund her mayoral run. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Key things we learned from former Baltimore Mayor Pugh’s indictment in alleged ‘Healthy Holly’ book scheme," 20 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'enrich.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about enrich

Time Traveler for enrich

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for enrich

Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enrich.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enriched. Accessed 24 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for enrich

enrich

verb
How to pronounce enrich (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on enrich

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for enrich

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with enrich

Spanish Central: Translation of enrich

Nglish: Translation of enrich for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of enrich for Arabic Speakers

Comments on enrich

What made you want to look up enrich? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a feeling of well-being or elation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!