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Definition of impoverish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impoverish
    he / she / it impoverishes
    past simple impoverished
    -ing form impoverishing
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  1. 1impoverish somebody to make someone poor These changes are likely to impoverish single-parent families even further.
  2. 2impoverish something to make something worse in quality Intensive cultivation has impoverished the soil.
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noun [uncountable] the rapid impoverishment of the people cultural impoverishment
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