Definition of enhance in US English:



[with object]
  • Intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of.

    ‘his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation’
    ‘computer techniques that enhance images’
    • ‘The mist which covers the valley enhances the magical quality of the picture.’
    • ‘So it's a tool to be used to develop and enhance what you do.’
    • ‘You spend time on enhancing your image with fitness routines and new styles.’
    • ‘Whilst there is some evidence that advertising enhances the value of a brand, this is not always a given.’
    • ‘This approach has ensured that great strides have been made in improving and enhancing the cemetery.’
    • ‘Its this increase that is enhancing the greenhouse effect and making us warmer.’
    • ‘It would certainly enhance the historic value of York and help to make life safer for pedestrians.’
    • ‘The presence of a dust jacket, according to book collectors, is the biggest single item that enhances the value of a book.’
    • ‘The staff reported professional growth, personal support, and enhanced teaching motivation.’
    • ‘The park facilities are catered to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages.’
    • ‘You can make things even clearer by adding text and images as well, enhancing the learning experience.’
    • ‘After all, governments are supposed to be there to enhance our quality of life.’
    • ‘The presence of this extra quality will enhance your mark.’
    • ‘Studies show that it significantly enhances mental performance and improves memory during the day.’
    • ‘In short, an understanding of strategy enhances performance and improves career prospects.’
    • ‘However, future systems will significantly enhance our capabilities to quickly detect and engage these threats.’
    • ‘As a result compliance is enhanced and considerable improvements in mood have been shown.’
    • ‘It may be sensible to use it to pay for a major home repair or improvement that will enhance the quality of your life.’
    • ‘Improving democracy is about enhancing the opportunities for local communities to make their own decisions.’
    • ‘That way we can protect or even enhance the landscape quality of the coastline.’
    increase, add to, intensify, magnify, amplify, inflate, strengthen, build up, supplement, augment, boost, upgrade, raise, lift, escalate, elevate, exalt, aggrandize, swell
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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.