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impoverish

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɑːvərɪʃ; ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ/

Translation of impoverish in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (materially, intellectually) empobrecer*
    Example sentences
    • The shirts will then be distributed to some of the most impoverished areas of the Macedonian capital.
    • The costs of treatment or even testing for the disease is seen as prohibitive in such impoverished areas.
    • Such companies, the argument goes, exploit poor workers abroad and impoverish workers at home by moving capital overseas.
    Example sentences
    • Prolonged military confrontation… will impoverish our resources and strength, while retarding our march to civilization by at least a hundred years.
    • They impoverish soil and destroy habitat, including wetlands.
    • All those obscenities and repeated slang phrases may be authentic but they tend to impoverish the language of his books.
    1.2 [soil/land] empobrecer*

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