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enhance

[en-hans, -hahns] /ɛnˈhæns, -ˈhɑns/
verb (used with object), enhanced, enhancing.
1.
to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify:
The candlelight enhanced her beauty.
2.
to raise the value or price of:
Rarity enhances the worth of old coins.
Origin of enhance
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English enhauncen < Anglo-French enhauncer, apparently for Old French enhaucer, equivalent to en- en-1 + haucer “to raise” (French hausser) from the unattested Vulgar Latin altiāre (derivative of Latin altus “high,” with h- < Germanic; see haughty), though -n- is unexplained
Related forms
enhancement, noun
enhancive, adjective
self-enhancement, noun
unenhanced, adjective
Antonyms
1. diminish. 2. reduce.
Synonym Study
2. See elevate.
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  • In the silvery moonlight all the fairy, flower-like quality of her was enhanced.

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  • The grim reality of the one had enhanced the importance of the other.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The sincerity of the religious feeling is enhanced by its simplicity.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • The sense of the meaning and value of human life is enhanced.

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  • He knew she did not expect to need an enhanced complexion in this obscurity.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for enhanced

enhance

/ɪnˈhɑːns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to intensify or increase in quality, value, power, etc; improve; augment
Derived Forms
enhancement, noun
enhancer, noun
enhancive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enhaucier, from en-1 + haucier to raise, from Vulgar Latin altiāre (unattested), from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for enhanced

enhance

v.

late 13c., anhaunsen "to raise, make higher," from Anglo-French enhauncer, probably from Old French enhaucier "make greater, make higher or louder; fatten, foster; raise in esteem," from Vulgar Latin *inaltiare, from Late Latin inaltare "raise, exalt," from altare "make high," from altus "high" (see old).

Meaning "raise in station, wealth, or fame" attested in English from c.1300. The -h- in Old French supposedly from influence of Frankish *hoh "high." Related: Enhanced; enhancing.

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