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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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Examples from the Web for enhancement
Historical Examples
  • The street card reappeared, and brought on Mercutio to deepen the audience's enhancement.

    A Gentleman Player Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Human strength increases with enhancement and decreases with enfeeblement.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • The enhancement of the rate of growth on irrigation with cold water took place after seventy seconds.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • It was a comfort to him in all his vexations, an enhancement of all his joys.

    The Little Lame Prince Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  • The enhancement of conduction under heterodromous current is, in reality, much greater than is indicated in the record.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • To have done with this and the measles was justly considered an enhancement in value.

    Slavery in Pennsylvania Edward Raymond Turner
  • The raison d'tre of such discords is perhaps to be found in the enhancement they give to the resolution.

  • It was a comfort to him in all his vexations; an enhancement of all his joys.

  • The present sentence would not have a deterrent effect, and he accordingly applied for an enhancement of the same.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • Truth is merely a means for the enhancement of my subjective satisfaction.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
British Dictionary definitions for enhancement


(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

1570s, from enhance + -ment.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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