enhance something to increase or further improve the good quality, value or status of somebody/something This is an opportunity to enhance the reputation of the company. the skilled use of make-up to enhance your best features Word OriginMiddle English (formerly also as inhance): from Anglo-Norman French enhauncer, based on Latin in- (expressing intensive force) + altus ‘high’. The word originally meant ‘elevate’ (literally and figuratively), later ‘exaggerate, make appear greater’, also ‘raise the value or price of something’. Current senses date from the early 16th cent.Extra examples The attractiveness of the book is much enhanced by Mark Stevens’s drawings. The images have been digitally enhanced. reforms designed to enhance market efficiency things that can significantly enhance the quality of your life Most people seek to enhance their status at work in whatever ways they can. New discoveries have further enhanced our understanding of the origins of the universe. The images can be enhanced using digital technology. The new techniques should greatly enhance the prospects for children with learning difficulties. This is a great opportunity to enhance the reputation of the company.
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enhance
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæns//he / she / it enhances
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhænsɪz//past simple enhanced
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhænst//past participle enhanced
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhænst//-ing form enhancing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɑːnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhænsɪŋ//