Easily Confused Words: Enhance vs. Enchant

Enhance and enchant are easily confused words.

The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.

Enhance is a verb. It means to improve the appeal or quality of something, or to refine existing features or functionality.

Enchant is a verb. It means to cast a spell on someone or something, or bewitch or charm someone or something. It can also mean to make someone really happy or to dazzle him/her.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Enfys enhanced his resume with continuing education and training in his field. In interviews, he aimed to enchant interviewers by showing charm and humility, actively listening, and answering questions with brevity.


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