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enhance

[en-hans, -hahns] /ɛnˈhæns, -ˈhɑns/
verb (used with object), enhanced, enhancing.
1.
to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify:
The candelight enhanced her beauty.
2.
to raise the value or price of:
Rarity enhances the worth of old coins.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Antonyms
1. diminish. 2. reduce.
Synonym Study
2. See elevate.
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Examples for enhancement
  • 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.
  • Their purpose should be to calm the nature of personal transport that now is often a form of ego enhancement.
  • It will depend on the slow and persistent enhancement of students' general knowledge, beginning in preschool.
  • It also permits a subtler response to neurotic irrationality in others, through the enhancement of psychological imagination.
  • As to the enhancement of the price, there is no question.
  • Limitless is one of the first movies to directly take on the idea of pharmaceutical enhancement.
  • The military have been using performance enhancement drugs for years.
British Dictionary definitions for enhancement

enhance

/ɪnˈhɑːns/
verb
1.
(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 enhancement
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.
enhancement
1570s, from engage + -ment.
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enhancement in Technology


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!".
[Jargon File]
(1998-04-04)

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