enrich

[en-rich]

verb (used with object)


Origin of enrich

1350–1400; Middle English enrichen < Old French enrichir. See en-1, rich
Related formsen·rich·er, nounen·rich·ing·ly, adverbself-en·rich·ing, adjectiveun·en·riched, adjectiveun·en·rich·ing, adjective

Synonyms for enrich

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  • In other words, they bequeath us a treasure which we are free to enrich with our own discoveries.

  • These may at any rate be held to enrich themselves in depriving others.

  • That consummation devoutly to be wished, was to enrich them all.

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    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • And let it be something to enrich us, or at least to keep us alive without work.

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    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • At the same time much was done to enrich the old Templars' church.

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British Dictionary definitions for enrich

enrich

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsenriched, adjectiveenricher, nounenrichment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enrich
v.

late 14c., "to make wealthy," from Old French enrichir "enrich, enlarge," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + riche "rich" (see rich).

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.

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