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[en-hans, -hahns] /ɛnˈhæns, -ˈhɑns/
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
Related forms
enhancement, noun
enhancive, adjective
self-enhancement, noun
unenhanced, adjective
1. diminish. 2. reduce.
Synonym Study
2. See elevate. Unabridged
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Examples for enhance
  • 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.
  • The uneven stone rim and creeping vegetation enhance the lazy lagoon mood.
  • The image was processed to enhance subtle color variations.
  • Henderson's whimsical illustrations nicely enhance Fred's canine capers.
  • This will enhance exhibition opportunities and provide more space for shops, educational activities and dining facilities.
  • He uses rich poultry stocks to enhance the flavor of soups and sauces.
  • New research shows that certain memory exercises can enhance intelligence.
British Dictionary definitions for enhance


(transitive) to intensify or increase in quality, value, power, etc; improve; augment
Derived Forms
enhancement, noun
enhancer, noun
enhancive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enhaucier, from en-1 + haucier to raise, from Vulgar Latin altiāre (unattested), from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for enhance
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
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