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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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 North Korea spent much of the 2000s enriching uranium and developing nuclear weapons, which were tested twice. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "U.S.-North Korea relations: Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un to have summit in Singapore," 11 June 2018 The Iranian parliament's Nuclear Committee published three actions that the government could take if Trump leaves the deal, including installing more centrifuges and enriching uranium beyond the levels allowed under the accord. Erin Cunningham, chicagotribune.com, "Iran 'prepared for all scenarios' if Trump nixes nuclear deal, officials say," 8 May 2018 April is Celebrate Diversity Month, a tradition started in 2004 to recognize that diversity enriches us all. Steven P. Dinkin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The polite new hire and the clueless office mentor," 8 Apr. 2018 The nuclear deal offered the promise of economic improvement but mostly enriched the ayatollahs. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 Living Newsletter Get the latest career, relationship and wellness advice to enrich your life. Ruth Soukup, Time, "How to Stop Listening to That Voice Inside Your Head That Says 'You Can’t'," 28 June 2018 Finding time to wholly enrich children’s lives can sometimes be a challenge outside of providing basic needs. Ida Harris, USA TODAY, "Parenting guide: Reading and playing with children is pivotal to early development," 22 June 2018 Authorities have deemed the show so culturally enriching that it is now screened in Thai prisons. The Economist, "A historical soap reveals a lot about modern Thai politics," 31 May 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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