Definition of gentrify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

gentrify

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈdʒɛntrəˌfaɪ//
 
[usually passive]gentrify something/somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gentrify
 
he / she / it gentrifies
 
past simple gentrified
 
-ing form gentrifying
 
 
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to change an area, a person, etc. so that they are suitable for, or can mix with, people of a higher social class than before Old working-class areas of the city are being gentrified.
gentrification
 
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NAmE//ˌdʒɛntrəfəˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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