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 Arizona Republic has found that the state's lax charter school laws have allowed several operators to personally enrich themselves with millions of dollars from public funds. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school operators agree to pay back $180K spent on sports tickets, personal care," 13 June 2019 Smollett had a calculated plan to enrich himself by making fools of Americans, and those who eagerly complied were left red-faced with humiliation that turned to anger. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett," 12 June 2019 Many Salvadorans have come to view him as a public enemy who helped strengthen gangs and attempted to enrich himself in the process. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 If the industry had written a $1 million check directly to the president’s campaign, both the CFSA and campaign could have faced fines or even criminal charges — and Trump couldn’t have used the money to enrich himself. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 But the law doesn’t bar a country from using the program to enrich and reprocess uranium to make a bomb. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: House Democrat to introduce new bill punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi," 9 Nov. 2018 The Echo Show, and similar devices, both enrich and complicate interactions with virtual assistants with its touchscreen display. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 The sauce starts with Japanese curry powder that's enriched with leftover pork juices from sister restaurant Johnny Noodle King and blended with sake, mirin, tamari and fresh Granny Smith apples. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Taste: Fist of Curry brings irreverent kung-fu fun to old Huron Room space," 5 Apr. 2018 This program, and the student-athletes involved with the program, have enriched and strengthened the overall Academy program. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam Edition," 3 Apr. 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 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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