- 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 enriched
Importantly, as part of the interim plan, Iran has diluted or converted its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
As we gather here tonight, Iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium.Full Text of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address
January 29, 2014
Benjamin Netanyahu and his fellow hawks want more sanctions on Iran until it gives up all enriched uranium—an impossible demand.Iran Hawks’ Definition of Successful Nuclear Diplomacy Is Impossible
November 11, 2013
Uranium is enriched to make fuel for power reactors, but the same process also is used to make the explosive core of atom bombs.Behind the Smiles in Geneva, No Concrete Progress in Iran Negotiations
October 17, 2013
But Iran has just the same amassed a stockpile of enriched uranium, which could be used to make five or more atomic bombs.What Obama and Rouhani Want From Geneva
October 15, 2013
Thus the monastery would be enriched and all the monks get fat.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
And the years must have enriched you—I daresay you've doubled your capital.The Greater Inclination
The thief was punished, the receiver was enriched; it is the way of the world.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
They were of the most refined form, and when enriched were carved with consummate skill.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
This statement is enriched by a digression upon the meaning of the soul.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
- 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 enriched
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.