[en-hans, -hahns]
verb (used with object), enhanced, enhancing.
to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify: The candelight enhanced her beauty.
to raise the value or price of: Rarity enhances the worth of old coins.

1325–75; Middle English enhauncen < Anglo-French enhauncer, apparently for Old French enhaucer, equivalent to en- en-1 + haucer to raise (French hausser) < Vulgar Latin *altiāre (derivative of Latin altus high, with h- < Germanic; see haughty), though -n- is unexplained

enhancement, noun
enhancive, adjective
self-enhancement, noun
unenhanced, adjective

1. diminish. 2. reduce.

2. See elevate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To enhance
World English Dictionary
enhance (ɪnˈhɑːns)
(tr) to intensify or increase in quality, value, power, etc; improve; augment
[C14: from Old French enhaucier, from en-1 + haucier to raise, from Vulgar Latin altiāre (unattested), from Latin altus high]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. enhauncer, from O.Fr. enhaucier "make greater," from V.L. *inaltiare, from L.L. inaltare "raise, exalt." The -h- in O.Fr. supposedly from influence of Frankish word for "high." Related: Enhanced; enhancing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Taking time to review ways to enhance your business will enhance your life.
Hobbies also enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.
Our experts enhance the travel experience by providing an informed and unique
  perspective about the destination.
They may seem a bit pricey, but a few go a long way to enhance other foods.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature