Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make greater, as in value, beauty, or effectiveness; augment.
  • transitive v. To provide with improved, advanced, or sophisticated features: computer software enhanced with cutting-edge functionalities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lift, raise up.
  • v. To augment or make something greater.
  • v. To improve something by adding features.
  • v. To be raised up; to grow larger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be raised up; to grow larger.
  • transitive v. To raise or lift up; to exalt.
  • transitive v. To advance; to augment; to increase; to heighten; to make more costly or attractive; ; hence, also, to render more heinous; to aggravate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise up; lift up; elevate.
  • To raise to a higher degree; increase to a higher point; carry upward or to a greater extent; heighten; make greater: as, to enhance prices, or one's reputation or dignity; to enhance misery or sorrow.
  • Synonyms To swell, augment, aggravate.
  • To be raised; swell; grow larger: as, a debt enhances rapidly by compound interest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make better or more attractive
  • v. increase

Etymologies

Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-Norman enhauncer, variant of Old French enhaucier, from Vulgar Latin *inaltiāre, from Late Latin inaltāre : Latin in-, causative pref.; + Latin altus, high.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-Norman enhauncer, from Old French enhaucier ("make greater"), from Late Latin *inaltare ("exalt"), from Latin in + altus ("high"). (Wiktionary)

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