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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The housing giants back half the America’s mortgages and housing experts have warned that allowing them too much freedom again could lead to higher mortgage costs for consumers while enriching Wall Street investors. Renae Merle, Washington Post, "Trump administration unveils plan to revamp the housing market," 6 Sep. 2019 The housing giants back half the America's mortgages and housing experts have warned that allowing them too much freedom again could lead to higher mortgage costs for consumers while enriching Wall Street investors. Renae Merle, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration releases plan to revamp the US housing market," 6 Sep. 2019 The housing giants back half the America’s mortgages, and housing experts have warned that allowing them too much freedom again could lead to higher mortgage costs for consumers while enriching Wall Street investors. Renae Merle, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration proposes ending US control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," 5 Sep. 2019 Gold would allow the regime to suppress some of the country's needs while allegedly enriching Maduro and winning the military's favor. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "A trail of 'bloody gold' leads to Venezuela's government," 20 Aug. 2019 Several of his samples contained worm tubes that appeared to be enriched in lead, suggesting animals can ingest the plastic and may be introducing heavy metals into the food chain. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 16 Aug. 2019 While uranium enriched to 3.67 percent is useable for nuclear power plants, enrichment closer to 90 percent is needed for atomic weaponry. Fox News, "Iran fires back at White House over claims it has been violating nuclear deal for years: 'Seriously?'," 3 July 2019 Gibbon knew well that the Phoenician alphabet lay behind the Greek letters that served to enrich Western literature. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Many Lives of Palestine," 18 Apr. 2019 Tri-C’s Western Campus in Parma is one of the three sites to offer the program, which is designed to enrich the minds and lives of those age 55 and older. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Tri-C’s Encore Campus, Neighborhood Scholars programs enrich older adults: Sun Postings," 17 Sep. 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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