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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Like many governments in Africa, Kenya’s is riddled with officials using their positions to enrich themselves and owes massive debts to international lending institutions, leaving little money for nonessential public services. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenya’s Pokomo people ask the British to return what was stolen: Their source of power," 9 Aug. 2019 Three years ago, a jury in Lee County found the Alabama House speaker — the most politically powerful person in this state — guilty of using the color of his office to enrich himself. al, "Who’s worse for Alabama: Mike Hubbard or Nancy Worley?," 30 July 2019 Ferguson in June filed a lawsuit accusing Orozco of using his former position as mayor to unlawfully enrich himself by creating — and accepting — the $95,000 city administrator’s position last year. Lex Talamo, The Seattle Times, "‘Out of office for good,’ AG Bob Ferguson says of Wapato administrator who resigned under pressure," 20 July 2019 Trump is going to portray Biden as a creature of the Washington swamp, and call him out as a corrupt politician who used his power and influence to enrich his family. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: What if voters are wrong about Biden’s electability?," 12 July 2019 With this project, and all of his work, Udink ten Crate tries not to make more design that ends up in a waste stream, but use design to enrich experiences in intangible ways. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 2019 Putting corrupt Chicago aldermen in prison has done little to deter other City Council members from trying to use their office to enrich themselves — so why keep doing it? Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "In seeking home arrest, convicted ex-Ald. Willie Cochran says prison hasn’t stopped corruption at City Hall," 7 June 2019 More to the point, people seem to be thinking of a specific form of capitalism that deems the sole purpose of companies is to increase stock prices and enrich investors. Elizabeth Schmidt, The Conversation, "Investors, consumers and workers are changing capitalism for the better by demanding companies behave more responsibly," 24 July 2019 Commerce and education will be enriched by the new discoveries, the President said. William R. Mackaye And Walter S. Mansell, Houston Chronicle, "‘We Aim to Be First on Moon,’ President Tells 45,000 at Rice U.," 21 July 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

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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