- 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.
Origin of enrich
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Examples from the Web for enriching
The government pioneered eco-tourism with an eye to enriching the local economy and protecting the wilderness.The Big Idea: How Tourism Can Destroy the Places We Love
July 5, 2013
For Wiles, appearing in Web series has been an enriching experience.Introducing ‘School of Thrones’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody Web Series
March 9, 2013
Interestingly, enriching to weapons-grade is a red line that the Obama administration has already laid out.How Bibi Messed Up His Bomb Chart
September 27, 2012
Jalili said Iran would not back off from enriching uranium as legal under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.Iran’s Tone Changes in Istanbul: Nuke Talks ‘Constructive and Useful’
April 15, 2012
Iran would have to step down from enriching uranium to higher levels and to ship out some of its stockpile.U.S. Hopes Latest Talks on Iran Nuclear Program Lead to New Diplomacy
April 2, 2012
There came into his head the idea of enriching the monastery.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Glaze is used for enriching gravies and soups, and for glazing meat.The Skilful Cook
New ties, new affections, on the child's part, mean the enriching of the parent.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But what if, in this process of enriching, the work be made unreadable?
He demands my very best as a condition of His enriching Presence.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year</p>
John Henry Jowett
- 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 enriching
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.