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enrich

[en-rich] /ɛnˈrɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to supply with riches, wealth, abundant or valuable possessions, etc.:
Commerce enriches a nation.
2.
to supply with abundance of anything desirable:
to enrich the mind with knowledge.
3.
to add greater value or significance to:
Art enriches life.
4.
to adorn or decorate:
a picture frame enriched with gold.
5.
to make finer in quality, as by supplying desirable elements or ingredients:
to enrich soil.
6.
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.
7.
Nutrition.
  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
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
3. elevate, improve, enhance, endow.
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Examples for enriching
  • Labor is discovered to be the grand conqueror, enriching and building up nations more surely than the proudest battles.
  • First, for its own sake, and then for the sake of further enriching the conjugal relationship.
  • They take time for many short vacations and engage in enriching hobbies.
  • He has made an enriching picture, balanced with laughter and tears.
  • Having this protection available encourages more things to be created, though, thus enriching all of our lives.
  • Also, you are not adding the cost of mining and enriching it.
  • What these people care about is enriching themselves and perpetuating their overpaid jobs and perks.
  • Dying stars create spectacular nebulae, enriching the interstellar medium with heavy chemical elements.
  • It is environmentally costly to keep enriching and throwing away uranium however.
  • We've lived in a oil abundant era, which led to a general enriching of the planet.
British Dictionary definitions for enriching

enrich

/ɪnˈrɪtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to increase the wealth of
2.
to endow with fine or desirable qualities to enrich one's experience by travelling
3.
to make more beautiful; adorn; decorate a robe enriched with jewels
4.
to improve in quality, colour, flavour, etc
5.
to increase the food value of by adding nutrients to enrich dog biscuits with calcium
6.
to make (soil) more productive, esp by adding fertilizer
7.
(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 enriching

enrich

v.

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.

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