enhance

[en-hans, -hahns]

verb (used with object), en·hanced, en·hanc·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. engrossed bill,
  2. engrossing,
  3. engrossment,
  4. engulf,
  5. enhalo,
  6. enhanced oil recovery,
  7. enhanced radiation weapon,
  8. enhancement,
  9. enhancer,
  10. enharmonic

Origin of enhance

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 formsen·hance·ment, nounen·hanc·ive, adjectiveself-en·hance·ment, nounun·en·hanced, adjective

Synonym study

2. See elevate.

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British Dictionary definitions for enhancement

enhance

verb

(tr) to intensify or increase in quality, value, power, etc; improve; augment
Derived Formsenhancement, nounenhancer, nounenhancive, adjective

Word Origin for enhance

C14: from Old French enhaucier, from en- 1 + haucier to raise, from Vulgar Latin altiāre (unattested), from Latin altus high

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