Definition of enhance in English:



  • Intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of.

    ‘his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation’
    • ‘That way we can protect or even enhance the landscape quality of the coastline.’
    • ‘It would certainly enhance the historic value of York and help to make life safer for pedestrians.’
    • ‘You spend time on enhancing your image with fitness routines and new styles.’
    • ‘So it's a tool to be used to develop and enhance what you do.’
    • ‘You can make things even clearer by adding text and images as well, enhancing the learning experience.’
    • ‘The park facilities are catered to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages.’
    • ‘The presence of this extra quality will enhance your mark.’
    • ‘Its this increase that is enhancing the greenhouse effect and making us warmer.’
    • ‘Whilst there is some evidence that advertising enhances the value of a brand, this is not always a given.’
    • ‘Studies show that it significantly enhances mental performance and improves memory during the day.’
    • ‘As a result compliance is enhanced and considerable improvements in mood have been shown.’
    • ‘However, future systems will significantly enhance our capabilities to quickly detect and engage these threats.’
    • ‘This approach has ensured that great strides have been made in improving and enhancing the cemetery.’
    • ‘It may be sensible to use it to pay for a major home repair or improvement that will enhance the quality of your life.’
    • ‘The mist which covers the valley enhances the magical quality of the picture.’
    • ‘In short, an understanding of strategy enhances performance and improves career prospects.’
    • ‘After all, governments are supposed to be there to enhance our quality of life.’
    • ‘The presence of a dust jacket, according to book collectors, is the biggest single item that enhances the value of a book.’
    • ‘Improving democracy is about enhancing the opportunities for local communities to make their own decisions.’
    • ‘The staff reported professional growth, personal support, and enhanced teaching motivation.’
    increase, add to, intensify, magnify, amplify, inflate, strengthen, build up, supplement, augment, boost, upgrade, raise, lift, escalate, elevate, exalt, aggrandize, swell
    improve, enrich, complement, heighten, deepen, stress, reinforce, underline, emphasize
    jack up, hike
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Middle English (formerly also as inhance): from Anglo-Norman French enhauncer, based on Latin in- (expressing intensive force) + altus high. The word originally meant ‘elevate’ (literally and figuratively), later ‘exaggerate, make appear greater’, also ‘raise the value or price of something’. Current senses date from the early 16th century.