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 enrich (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 The wood chip/soil mixture could be stockpiled on-site and allowed to compost (decay), then used to build or enrich garden beds. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Wait for spring to move crotons; azalea leaf drop is normal; and more garden advice from Dan Gill," 12 Jan. 2021 Still, during this trying time, presenters and musicians have begun to enrich our virtual lives with fresh insights into repertoire and the creative process itself. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "The Staying Inside Guide: Jazz, Live From Your Living Room," 11 Jan. 2021 But the Trump administration found another way to enrich charter and private schools. Diane Ravitch, The New York Review of Books, "The Dark History of School Choice," 5 Jan. 2021 The last time Iran moved to enrich uranium at 20%, an Israeli missile strike targeted its nuclear facilities, inciting a decade of tensions that persisted until Iran entered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the U.S. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Iran seizes South Korean oil tanker after announcing 20% uranium enrichment," 4 Jan. 2021 Dan McLaughlin reviewed claims that Senator David Perdue (R., Ga.) had engaged in insider trading to enrich himself from information obtained from his role in office. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 14," 18 Dec. 2020 Iran's parliament has passed a bill that requires Tehran to enrich up to 20%, a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Fox News, "Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions," 18 Dec. 2020 Iran’s parliament has passed a bill that requires Tehran to enrich up to 20%, a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran begins new construction at underground nuclear facility as tensions with US remain high," 18 Dec. 2020 As quickly became apparent, the chain represented Marley’s penchant to enrich himself by ignoring the plight of others. Dallas News, "A gift for the ages: Breaking the chains of Christmas past," 20 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Enrich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enrich. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce enrich (audio)

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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