[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.
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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]

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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.

1570s, from engage + -ment.
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Computing Dictionary

enhancement definition

1. A change to a product which is intended to make it better in some way, e.g. new functions, faster, or occasionally more compatible with other systems. Enhancements to hardware components, especially integrated circuits often mean they are smaller and less demanding of resources. Sadly, this is almost never true of software enhancements.
2. Marketroid-speak for a bug fix. This abuse of language is a popular and time-tested way to turn incompetence into increased revenue. A hacker being ironic would instead call the fix a feature, or perhaps save some effort by declaring "That's not a bug, that's a feature!".
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Example sentences
In the purchase of foreign commodities this enhancement in the price of corn
  may give them some little advantage.
However, in olden times turning to chemical enhancement wasn't controversial-it
  was a given, he added.
The players find a better way to clean their system or a new enhancement that
  avoids detection.
The dynamic circuit network is really an enhancement of a traditional network,
  rather than a replacement.
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