Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make rich or richer.
  • transitive v. To make fuller, more meaningful, or more rewarding: An appreciation of art will enrich your life.
  • transitive v. To add fertilizer to.
  • transitive v. To add nutrients to: The dairy enriched its milk with vitamin D.
  • transitive v. To add to the beauty or character of; adorn: "Glittering tears enriched her eyes” ( Arnold Bennett).
  • transitive v. Physics To increase the amount of one or more radioactive isotopes in (a material, especially a nuclear fuel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make (someone) rich or richer.
  • v. To adorn, ornate more richly.
  • v. To improve the state of something.
  • v. To add nutrients or fertilizer to the soil; to fertilize.
  • v. (transitive) To increase the amount of one isotope in a mixture of isotopes, especially in a nuclear fuel.
  • v. To add nutrients to foodstuffs; to fortify

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make rich with any kind of wealth; to render opulent; to increase the possessions of.
  • transitive v. To supply with ornament; to adorn.
  • transitive v. To make rich with manure; to fertilize; -- said of the soil.
  • transitive v. To supply with knowledge; to instruct; to store; -- said of the mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make rich, wealthy, or opulent; supply with abundant property: as, agriculture, commerce, and manufactures enrich a nation.
  • To fertilize; make fertile; supply with nutriment for plants.
  • To supply with an abundance of anything desirable; fill or store: as, to enrich the mind with knowledge, science, or useful observations.
  • To supply with anything splendid or ornamental; adorn: as, to enrich a painting with elegant drapery; to enrich a poem or an oration with striking metaphors or images; to enrich a capital with sculpture.
  • Synonyms To endow.
  • To decorate, ornament, embellish.

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

  • v. make better or improve in quality
  • v. make wealthy or richer

Etymologies

Middle English enrichen, from Old French enrichier : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + riche, rich; see rich.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman enrichir. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And by that they include also the right to enrich, which is true.

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  • Venus Erycina -- to enrich, that is, the worship of that goddess, who had a favorite temple under Mount Eryx.

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  • It was not called a enrich banks not in trouble bill.

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  • Mr. WILSON: We have the American Heart Association tour, where, you know, and I think that's another thing that gospel music can do is like connect with things that aren't, you know, spiritual per se but, you know, do kind of enrich us spiritually if we do them, if we the choices to end stroke.

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  • The difference in mass between 235U and 238U allows the isotopes to be separated and makes it possible to increase or "enrich" the percentage of 235U.

    Uranium enrichment

  • Also, if they feel the need to "enrich" it or add back in things like wheat germ, then it's been messed with in ways your body may not find optimal.

    BROAD CAST, 1 SEPTEMBER 2007

  • The writer relayed that they did this studying, not to "enrich" their lives, but to twist the words of more learned men to win arguments, recruit members, to fit their lifestyle and thinking.

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  • The sentimental argument for immigration has been that newcomers "enrich" American society.

    Sweet Land Of Liberties

  • How a private school strives to "enrich" its program and how parents of those private school students desire to pay for that "enrichment" may not be a prudent comparison of public vs. private school expenditures per student.

    Sound Politics: Trust the parents instead

  • Verizon planned to sell him its 28.5% of the company making him even richer, but that's now off the table with Chavez's plans to "enrich" the Venezuelan people, not a predatory billionaire tycoon wanting more billions at the expense of the public he got his other billions from.

    Hugo Chavez's Social Democratic Agenda

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  • The fine arts enrich our lives.

    April 14, 2007