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


ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, help, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade



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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 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a Piketon facility that between 1954 and 2001 enriched uranium for the nation’s nuclear arsenal and for commercial nuclear reactors, is a few miles from the school. The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Officials: Retest of samples shows enriched uranium in Pike County school," 26 July 2019 Nuclear weapons usually require uranium enriched to 90 percent. NBC News, "Iran is breaching limits on uranium enrichment, but there's still time for diplomacy, experts say," 7 July 2019 Under terms of the nuclear deal, Iran agreed to have fewer than 300 kilograms of uranium enriched to a maximum of 3.67 percent. Amir Vahdat, The Denver Post, "Iran breaches uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal," 1 July 2019 Like many governments in Africa, Kenya’s is riddled with officials using their positions to enrich themselves and owes massive debts to international lending institutions, leaving little money for nonessential public services. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenya’s Pokomo people ask the British to return what was stolen: Their source of power," 9 Aug. 2019 Three years ago, a jury in Lee County found the Alabama House speaker — the most politically powerful person in this state — guilty of using the color of his office to enrich himself. al, "Who’s worse for Alabama: Mike Hubbard or Nancy Worley?," 30 July 2019 Ferguson in June filed a lawsuit accusing Orozco of using his former position as mayor to unlawfully enrich himself by creating — and accepting — the $95,000 city administrator’s position last year. Lex Talamo, The Seattle Times, "‘Out of office for good,’ AG Bob Ferguson says of Wapato administrator who resigned under pressure," 20 July 2019 Trump is going to portray Biden as a creature of the Washington swamp, and call him out as a corrupt politician who used his power and influence to enrich his family. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: What if voters are wrong about Biden’s electability?," 12 July 2019 With this project, and all of his work, Udink ten Crate tries not to make more design that ends up in a waste stream, but use design to enrich experiences in intangible ways. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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