En*hance" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enhanced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Enhancing (?).] [Norm. F. enhauncer, enhaucer, OF. enhaleier, enhaucier; pref. en- (L. in) + haucier to lift, raise up, from an assumed L. altiare, fr. L. altus high; cf. Pr. enansar, enanzar, to advance, exalt, and E. advance. See Altitude, and cf. Hawser.]

1.

To raise or lift up; to exalt.

[Obs.]

Wyclif.

Who, naught aghast, his mighty hand enhanced. Spenser.

2.

To advance; to augment; to increase; to heighten; to make more costly or attractive; as, to enhance the price of commodities; to enhance beauty or kindness; hence, also, to render more heinous; to aggravate; as, to enhance crime.

The reputation of ferocity enhanced the value of their services, in making them feared as well as hated. Southey.

 

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En*hance", v. i.

To be raised up; to grow larger; as, a debt enhances rapidly by compound interest.

 

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