enrich

verb
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

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 Saudis, however, have refused to rule out their right to enrich uranium, in part citing Iran’s ability to do so under the 2015 nuclear agreement world powers reached with Tehran, which the Trump administration pulled out of earlier this year. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Lawmakers Want a Greater Say as U.S. Seeks a Saudi Nuclear Deal," 16 Dec. 2018 The Manhattan Project marked the first successful effort to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Under the agreement − which was signed by Iran, the U.S., China, France, Russia, Germany, the U.K. and the European Union − Iran maintains the ability to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. Fortune, "What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal," 8 May 2018 Powered by 5 kilograms of highly enriched uranium that terrorists had hijacked weeks earlier, the blast smashes buildings for at least a kilometer in every direction and leaves hundreds of thousands of people dead or dying in the ruins. M. Mitchell Waldrop, Science | AAAS, "What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable," 12 Apr. 2018 Remove the plant from the pot and plant it into a well-prepared bed enriched with compost. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Don't toss out those faded Easter lilies. Here's how to plant them," 7 Apr. 2018 Sticky pork ribs worked, somehow finding a balance between a sugary caramel glaze and petite ribs that went from the sous vide bath to the deep fryer and emerged both tender and crisp, plated over rice enriched with eggs and edamame. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Hanzo puts a stylish edge on drinks and dinner," 15 Feb. 2018 Honestly, there’s not much BTS could do that wouldn't please us, from enriching our vocabulary to making music history. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Watch BTS Sing Their Favorite Songs from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, and Dua Lipa," 17 Oct. 2018 By the time that happens, Uber hopes to have completed an initial public offering of stock that will enrich a list of early investors that now includes Toyota. Fox News, "Toyota investing $500 million in Uber with eye on autonomous cars," 28 Aug. 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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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 \
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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