May 08, 2013
- enhance (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to increase or improve in value, desirability, or attractiveness
- How do you use it?
- The producers of the movie believe that filming it in 3-D will enhance the special effects and the enjoyment of the audience.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which of these words do you think shares a root with "enhance"?"Enhance" has its roots in the Latin adjective "altus," which means "high." While "enhance" is concerned with heightening the desirable qualities of something, "altitude" often refers to the actual height of a physical object. Another related word, "haughty," describes someone with a too-high opinion of themselves and who is rudely proud in a manner that expresses scorn for others. "Alto," the second highest of the four voice parts of a mixed chorus, and "exalt," meaning to raise to a higher rank or level, can also be traced back to "altus."