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