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From Middle English enrichen, from Anglo-Norman enrichir and Old French enrichier.


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈɹɪt͡ʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ
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enrich (third-person singular simple present enriches, present participle enriching, simple past and past participle enriched)

  1. (transitive) To enhance.
  2. (transitive) To make (someone or something) rich or richer.
    Hobbies enrich lives.
    The choke in a car engine enriches the fuel mixture.
    Synonym: endow
    Antonym: impoverish
  3. (transitive) To adorn, ornate more richly.
  4. (transitive) To add nutrients or fertilizer to the soil; to fertilize.
    • 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 1, page 59:
      European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
    Antonym: impoverish
  5. (physics, transitive) To increase the amount of one isotope in a mixture of isotopes, especially in a nuclear fuel.
    Antonym: deplete
  6. (transitive) To add nutrients to foodstuffs; to fortify
  7. (chemistry) To make to rise the proportion of a given constituent.

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