- to supply with riches, wealth, abundant or valuable possessions, etc.: Commerce enriches a nation.
- to supply with abundance of anything desirable: to enrich the mind with knowledge.
- to add greater value or significance to: Art enriches life.
- to adorn or decorate: a picture frame enriched with gold.
- to make finer in quality, as by supplying desirable elements or ingredients: to enrich soil.
- to increase the proportion of a valuable mineral or isotope in (a substance or material): The fuel was enriched with uranium 235 for the nuclear reactor.
- to restore to (a food) a nutrient that has been lost during an early stage of processing: to enrich flour with thiamine, iron, niacin, and riboflavin.
- to add vitamins and minerals to (food) to enhance its nutritive value.
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Examples from the Web for enrich
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Collecting is a basic human drive, an incredibly various one and one which does much to enrich the lives of all.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
The primary goal of a city should not be to enrich already wealthy landlords and construction companies.Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum
August 25, 2014
Paul suggested that this reversal by Cheney was the result of a desire to enrich his former employers at Haliburton.9/11 Truthers Can Be Politicians, Too
April 21, 2014
Engaging with these bodily and ritual practices serves to enrich the human spirit within.The Meaning of Vaisakhi, the Biggest Sikh Celebration
Simran Jeet Singh
April 13, 2014
In other words, they bequeath us a treasure which we are free to enrich with our own discoveries.The Conquest of Fear
These may at any rate be held to enrich themselves in depriving others.The Memorabilia
That consummation devoutly to be wished, was to enrich them all.
And let it be something to enrich us, or at least to keep us alive without work.
At the same time much was done to enrich the old Templars' church.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
- to increase the wealth of
- to endow with fine or desirable qualitiesto enrich one's experience by travelling
- to make more beautiful; adorn; decoratea robe enriched with jewels
- to improve in quality, colour, flavour, etc
- to increase the food value of by adding nutrientsto enrich dog biscuits with calcium
- to make (soil) more productive, esp by adding fertilizer
- physics to increase the concentration or abundance of one component or isotope in (a solution or mixture); concentrateto enrich a solution by evaporation; enrich a nuclear fuel
Word Origin and History for enrich
Figurative sense is from 1590s. Scientific sense of "to increase the abundance of a particular isotope in some material" is first attested 1945. Related: Enriched; enriching.