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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 enhances
  • Studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, for instance.
  • While seeing a body reduces perceptions of agency, it actually enhances perceptions of experience.
  • Salt not only enhances taste but also acts as a preservative and adds texture.
  • When a top university hires academics, it enhances the reputations of the professors, too.
  • Used wisely, such fiddling enhances the cinematic experience.
  • They have learned that socialism enhances capitalism.
  • There's also a question of whether this diminishes or enhances the festival's magic.
  • Medical studies suggest that writing by hand enhances neurological activity, and helps children develop fine motor skills.
  • Smelling the chemical compounds enhances the overall flavor of the champagne, researchers say.
  • It's also one that a good many scientists have allowed to go uncorrected because it enhances their prestige and social status.
British Dictionary definitions for enhances

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 enhances
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.
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