Definition of poverty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    poverty

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒvəti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːvərti//
     
    Economy, Poverty and famine
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being poor conditions of abject/extreme poverty to alleviate/relieve poverty Many elderly people live in poverty. Wordfinderbeg, benefit, charity, homeless, hostel, the poor, poverty, shanty town, sweatshop, unemployment CollocationsInternational relationsTrade facilitate/​regulate trade (with other countries) form/​join a trading bloc live in/​compete in a global/​the world economy support/​promote free trade adopt/​call for/​oppose protectionist measures erect/​impose/​reduce/​remove trade barriers impose/​lift/​raise/​eliminate import tariffs (on something) have/​run a huge/​large/​growing trade surplus/​deficit embrace/​resist/​drive globalizationPolitics and law conduct/​handle/​talk about/​discuss foreign policy pursue an aggressive/​a hawkish foreign policy require/​use/​conduct diplomacy establish/​break off/​sever/​restore diplomatic relations foster/​promote/​strengthen regional cooperation facilitate/​achieve economic/​political integration exercise/​defend/​protect/​transfer/​restore/​regain national/​state/​full/​limited sovereignty consolidate/​extend/​lose/​retain your power (in the region) hold/​maintain/​change/​alter/​shift/​be a shift in the balance of power (in the region) cause/​create/​open/​expose/​heal/​repair a deep/​growing/​major/​serious rift between X and YMeetings and agreements have/​hold/​host/​attend an international conference/​an economic forum/​a G20 summit launch a new round of global/​multilateral/​world trade negotiations send/​head/​lead/​meet a high-level/​an official/​a trade delegation begin/​start/​continue/​resume peace talks be committed to/​be opposed to/​disrupt/​undermine/​derail/​sabotage the peace process negotiate/​achieve a lasting political settlement broker/​sign a peace deal/​agreement/​treatyConflict be/​constitute/​pose a threat to global security compromise/​endanger/​protect national security justify/​be in favour of/ (especially US English) be in favor of/​be against military intervention threaten/​authorize/​launch/​take/​support/​oppose unilateral/​pre-emptive military action impose/​enforce/​lift/​end economic sanctions/​an arms embargo/​a naval blockade close/​protect/​secure/​patrol the border lead/​be involved in a peacekeeping operationAid negotiate/​announce a $15 billion aid package/​an economic stimulus package send/​provide/​request/​cut off military aid bring/​provide emergency/​humanitarian relief deliver/​distribute medical supplies/(British English) food parcels fund/​run a foreign/​a local/​an international NGO reduce/​eradicate child/​global/​world poverty See related entries: Economy, Poverty and famine
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] a lack of something; poor quality There is a poverty of colour in her work.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French poverte, from Latin paupertas, from pauper ‘poor’.Extra examples His work displays a poverty of imagination. Most of the population lives in grinding poverty. a plan to eradicate urban poverty families living below the poverty line/​level his struggle to escape the grinding poverty of his childhood the true extent of poverty among the unemployed Land reform would help to alleviate rural poverty. Many of the most vulnerable people in our society are facing a future of grinding poverty. The poorest families remained caught in the poverty trap. There are millions living on incomes below the poverty line. Thousands of families are living in abject/​dire poverty in the shanty towns.
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