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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.
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) < 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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  • Not only the value but also the power of money was enhanced in the Legion.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Her prettiness was enhanced by a timid and appealing playfulness.

  • He enhanced the endowment by diligent study in the high school at Prato, in Tuscany, where he spent his boyhood.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • Lady Mason, however, was merciful, for she might have enhanced the cruelty tenfold.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Here are old Dutch sail boats drawn up on the beach, and the picture is enhanced by the groups of sailors waiting for the tide.

British Dictionary definitions for enhanced


(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 enhanced



late 13c., anhaunsen "to raise, make higher," from Anglo-French enhauncer, probably from Old French enhaucier "make greater, make higher or louder; fatten, foster; raise in esteem," from Vulgar Latin *inaltiare, from Late Latin inaltare "raise, exalt," from altare "make high," from altus "high" (see old).

Meaning "raise in station, wealth, or fame" attested in English from c.1300. The -h- in Old French supposedly from influence of Frankish *hoh "high." Related: Enhanced; enhancing.

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