verb (gentrifies, gentrifying, gentrified)[with object]
1Renovate and improve (especially a house or district) so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
- The few gentrified streets did once house members of the leftish intelligentsia.
- ‘It's getting SoMa-ed,’ says one local, comparing it to the more completely gentrified South of Market district that lies just to the north.
- The house had that gentrified look common along the Peacham Road.
1.1 (usually as adjective gentrified) Make (someone or their way of life) more refined or polite.
- The regulars jammed against the bar are part of the young, gentrified crowd who have colonised the inner walls of the City.
- Maybe it's because that grouping of people is so out of context these days… or that they look so gentrified almost, so adult, so grown up, so not rock starish.
- In the absence of other candidates, Highland commissions had to be filled up with such men, a less gentrified set than their English counterparts.
- Example sentences
- Soon he was gutting and renovating previously vacant buildings, and selling to yuppie gentrifiers.
- He embodies all that is reprehensible in the voice of the impatient self-serving gentrifier</em.
- By the late twentieth century, many of the migrant families or their descendants were also moving from the inner city to newer outer suburban areas eventually to be replaced by middle-class gentrifiers.
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