- to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify: The candlelight enhanced her beauty.
- to raise the value or price of: Rarity enhances the worth of old coins.
Origin of enhance
Examples from the Web for enhancement
Human strength increases with enhancement and decreases with enfeeblement.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
It was a comfort to him in all his vexations, an enhancement of all his joys.The Little Lame Prince
Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
To have done with this and the measles was justly considered an enhancement in value.Slavery in Pennsylvania
Edward Raymond Turner
It was a comfort to him in all his vexations; an enhancement of all his joys.The Little Lame Prince and His Travelling Cloak
Dinah Maria Mulock
The effect of continued light on Mimosa is an enhancement of excitability.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
- (tr) to intensify or increase in quality, value, power, etc; improve; augment
Word Origin and History for enhancement
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.