enhance

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Middle English enhauncen, from Anglo-Norman enhauncer, from Old French enhaucier (make greater), from Late Latin *inaltare (exalt), from Latin in + altus (high).

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enhance (third-person singular simple present enhances, present participle enhancing, simple past and past participle enhanced)

  1. (obsolete) To lift, raise up.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      nought aghast, his mightie hand enhaunst: / The stroke down from her head vnto her shoulder glaunst.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif Bible to this entry?)
  2. To augment or make something greater.
    • Southey
      The reputation of ferocity enhanced the value of their services, in making them feared as well as hated.
    • 2000, Mordecai Roshwald, Liberty: Its Meaning and Scope, page 155
      A hereditary monarch relies on pomp and ceremony, which enhance the respect for the institution
  3. To improve something by adding features.
    • 1986, Maggie Righetti, Knitting in Plain English, page 192
      A pom-pom to top off a stocking cap, a fringe to feather the edge of a shawl, tassels to define the points of an afghan, these are just a few of the delightful little goodies that enhance handknit things.
  4. (intransitive) To be raised up; to grow larger.
    A debt enhances rapidly by compound interest.

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