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[en-rich] /ɛnˈrɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to supply with riches, wealth, abundant or valuable possessions, etc.:
Commerce enriches a nation.
to supply with abundance of anything desirable:
to enrich the mind with knowledge.
to add greater value or significance to:
Art enriches life.
to adorn or decorate:
a picture frame enriched with gold.
to make finer in quality, as by supplying desirable elements or ingredients:
to enrich soil.
to increase the proportion of a valuable mineral or isotope in (a substance or material):
The fuel was enriched with uranium 235 for the nuclear reactor.
  1. to restore to (a food) a nutrient that has been lost during an early stage of processing:
    to enrich flour with thiamine, iron, niacin, and riboflavin.
  2. to add vitamins and minerals to (food) to enhance its nutritive value.
Origin of enrich
1350-1400; Middle English enrichen < Old French enrichir. See en-1, rich
Related forms
enricher, noun
enrichingly, adverb
self-enriching, adjective
unenriched, adjective
unenriching, adjective
3. elevate, improve, enhance, endow. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Lowell was an inheritor and an enricher of the Great Tradition.

  • Explorer, warrior, enricher of the realm, he at once became a national hero.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The new man is not looked upon as an intruder but as a producer of new wealth, an enricher of the commonwealth.

  • And Odin took from his finger the ring Draupner, the earth's enricher, and laid it on the pile.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for enricher


verb (transitive)
to increase the wealth of
to endow with fine or desirable qualities: to enrich one's experience by travelling
to make more beautiful; adorn; decorate: a robe enriched with jewels
to improve in quality, colour, flavour, etc
to increase the food value of by adding nutrients: to enrich dog biscuits with calcium
to make (soil) more productive, esp by adding fertilizer
(physics) to increase the concentration or abundance of one component or isotope in (a solution or mixture); concentrate: to enrich a solution by evaporation, enrich a nuclear fuel
Derived Forms
enriched, adjective
enricher, noun
enrichment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enricher



late 14c., "to make wealthy," from Old French enrichir "enrich, enlarge," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + riche "rich" (see rich).

Figurative sense is from 1590s. Scientific sense of "to increase the abundance of a particular isotope in some material" is first attested 1945. Related: Enriched; enriching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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