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


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

Middle English enrichen, from Old French enrichier : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + riche, rich; see rich.

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Middle English, from Anglo-Norman enrichir.


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