enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhan(t)s How to pronounce enhance (audio) , en- \
enhanced; enhancing

Definition of enhance

transitive verb

1 : heighten, increase especially : to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness enhanced the room with crown molding
2 obsolete : raise

Other Words from enhance

enhancement \ in-​ˈhan(t)-​smənt How to pronounce enhance (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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Enhance Has Latin Roots

When enhance was borrowed into English in the 13th century, it literally meant to raise something higher. That sense, though now obsolete, provides a clue about the origins of the word. Enhance, which was spelled enhauncen in Middle English, comes to us from Anglo-French enhaucer or enhauncer ("to raise"), which can be traced back to the Latin altus ("high") by way of an assumed Vulgar Latin verb inaltiare, which would have been formed by combining the prefix in- with the Latin altus. Although enhance initially applied only to physically making things higher, it developed an additional and less literal sense of "to exalt especially in rank or spirit," and quickly acquired extended figurative senses for raising the value or attractiveness of something or someone.

Examples of enhance in a Sentence

You can enhance the flavor of the dish by using fresh herbs. The image has been digitally enhanced to show more detail. The company is looking to enhance its earnings potential.
Recent Examples on the Web Typically, SARMs are used to create anabolic activity and enhance muscle growth by directly stimulating androgen receptors. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 22 June 2022 Within the insurance industry, much can be done to optimize communications channels and enhance omnichannel engagement. Michael Jackowski, Forbes, 21 June 2022 By design, Facebook tries to foster and enhance real-world connections. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 19 June 2022 These fruits, much more than any others, mingle with and enhance that side of the beer in a beautiful way. Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 Clever plotting—an early, seemingly throwaway scene in which Félix does some goofy martial-arts training turns out to be critical—and inventive character details enhance the wicked fun. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 16 June 2022 It can be used anywhere on the face, neck, décolleté, and hands to help smooth and enhance the skin. Micaela English, Town & Country, 14 June 2022 Bring your go-to eye look on your tip by way of the best mascara and eyeliners—both of which work wonders to make your eyes pop and enhance their shape. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 13 June 2022 Vitamin C is the secret sauce in this formula that helps this lotion enhance the skin's natural radiance while protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enhance

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for enhance

Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-French enhaucer, enhauncer, from Vulgar Latin *inaltiare, from Latin in + altus high — more at old

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“Enhance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhance. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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enhance

verb
en·​hance | \ in-ˈhans How to pronounce enhance (audio) \
enhanced; enhancing

Kids Definition of enhance

: to make greater or better The products claim to enhance beauty.

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