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 Cleveland Pops Orchestra: Conductor-clarinetist Carl Topilow continues fulfilling his mission to entertain, enrich, and educate with his Cleveland Pops. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Don’t be bored! Cleveland teems with vocal, chamber, and orchestral music in 2019-20," 13 Sep. 2019 Denise enriched the lives of those who were blessed to know her with her kindness, bright smile and grace, and will be missed beyond words. courant.com, "Denise Olson," 5 Sep. 2019 The rise of trade with Asia since the 1990s should have enriched the Pacific. The Economist, "Why Colombia’s Pacific coast is so poor," 29 Aug. 2019 And although these authors might contest the distributional implications, freer trade has enriched the United States an awful lot. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: The weak defenses of Elizabeth Warren’s trade plan," 15 Aug. 2019 This mural enriches our placement here in the community. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "New mural honors history of West Cook YMCA, OPRF Rotary Club," 13 Aug. 2019 The epic road trips have enriched Grandma Joy's life, and there are still more to come. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "This grandmother had never seen the ocean or mountains. So, her grandson is taking her to all 61 U.S. National Parks," 8 Aug. 2019 Sad part is that ULA did a lot of pathfinding work in that area and could have owned the refueling/depot market, enriching Boeing (and Lockheed) in the process. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The SLS rocket may have curbed development of on-orbit refueling for a decade," 1 Aug. 2019 Where possible enrich sandy soils with compost, manure and similar forms of organic matter to supply nutrients and help stretch the time between waterings. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Renew summer color with coleus," 17 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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The first known use of enrich was in the 14th century

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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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