Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make rich with any kind of wealth; to render opulent; to increase the possessions of;
enrichthe understanding with knowledge
Seeing, Lord, your great mercy
To supply with ornament; to adorn;
enricha ceiling by frescoes
To make rich with manure; to fertilize; – said of the soil;
enrichland by irrigation
To supply with knowledge; to instruct; to store; – said of the mind.
Sir W. Raleigh.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To make rich, wealthy or opulent; to supply with abundant property. Agriculture, commerce and manufactures enrich a nation. War and plunder seldom enrich, more generally they impoverish a country.
2.To fertilize; to supply with the nutriment of plants and render productive; as, to enrich land by manures or irrigation.
3.To store; to supply with an abundance of any thing desirable; as, to enrich the mind with knowledge, science or useful observations.
4.To supply with any thing splendid or ornamental; as, to enrich a pointing with elegant drapery; to enrich a poem or oration with striking metaphors or images; to enrich a garden with flowers or shrubbery.
enrich (third-person singular simple present enriches, present participle enriching, simple past and past participle enriched)
- (transitive) To enhance.
- (transitive) To make (someone or something) rich or richer.
- Hobbies enrich lives.
- The choke in a car engine enriches the fuel mixture.
- (transitive) To adorn, ornate more richly.
- (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, 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.
- (physics, transitive) To increase the amount of one isotope in a mixture of isotopes, especially in a nuclear fuel.
- (transitive) To add nutrients to foodstuffs; to fortify
- (chemistry) To make to rise the proportion of a given constituent.
- To add new elements, to complete.
- (to make rich(er)): endow
- (to make rich(er)): impoverish
- (to fertilize): impoverish
- (to increase the amount of one isotope in a mixture of isotopes): deplete
to make rich(er)
to adorn, ornate more richly
to add nutrients or fertilizer to the soil; to fertilize
to increase the amount of one isotope in a mixture of isotopes
to add nutrients to foodstuffs