Definition of gentrify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gentrify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gentrify
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it gentrifies
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪz//
 
past simple gentrified
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪd//
 
past participle gentrified
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form gentrifying
BrE BrE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentrɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] gentrify something/somebody 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gentrify