Definition of gentrify in English:

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gentrify

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛntrɪfʌɪ/

verb (gentrifies, gentrifying, gentrified)

[with object]
1Renovate and improve (a house or district) so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
Example sentences
  • 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: a gentrified Irish American
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

gentrifier

noun
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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Line breaks: gen|tri¦fy

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