richen

verb

rich·​en ˈri-chən How to pronounce richen (audio)
richened; richening ˈri-chə-niŋ How to pronounce richen (audio)
ˈrich-niŋ

transitive verb

: to make rich or richer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The engine control module will indeed richen up the overall mix in an attempt to bring the excess oxygen in the exhaust back to an appropriately low level—but that will force the other cylinders to be too rich. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 2 Oct. 2020 The manual choke helped richen the Weber carb's fuel mixture to get the engine turned over, but the nearly 50-year-old powerplant didn't want to start. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2020 Roasting removes the shell and richens the flavor of chestnuts. House Beautiful, 30 Sep. 2012 After the sauce has formed in the pan over medium heat, add a bit of butter to richen the sauce. The Courier-Journal, 11 July 2017 After the sauce has formed in the pan over medium heat, add a bit of butter to richen the sauce. The Courier-Journal, 11 July 2017 After the sauce has formed in the pan over medium heat, add a bit of butter to richen the sauce. The Courier-Journal, 11 July 2017 After the sauce has formed in the pan over medium heat, add a bit of butter to richen the sauce. The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of richen was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Richen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/richen. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

richen

verb
rich·​en ˈrich-ən How to pronounce richen (audio)
richened; richening -(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce richen (audio)
: to make rich or richer

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