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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Historical Examples of enricher

  • Explorer, warrior, enricher of the realm, he at once became a national hero.

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  • Lowell was an inheritor and an enricher of the Great Tradition.

  • The new man is not looked upon as an intruder but as a producer of new wealth, an enricher of the commonwealth.

  • And Odin took from his finger the ring Draupner, the earth's enricher, and laid it on the pile.

British Dictionary definitions for enricher


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 enricher



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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