Definition of impoverish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    impoverish

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪmˈpɑvərɪʃ//
     
    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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