Definition of impoverish in English:

impoverish

Line breaks: im|pov¦er|ish
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɒv(ə)rɪʃ
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

impoverishment

noun
More example sentences
  • Once again, the primary victims of this impoverishment of education are disadvantaged children.
  • Family impoverishment and bankruptcy due to illness would be eliminated.
  • With all the impoverishment, hardship and discontent, one has to ask: where is the wealth?

Origin

late Middle English (formerly also as empoverish): from Old French empoveriss-, lengthened stem of empoverir, based on povre 'poor'.

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