Impoverish

  • 1Impoverish — Im*pov er*ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impoverished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impoverishing}.] [OF. empovrir; pref. em (L. in) + povre poor, F. pauvre; cf. OF. apovrir, F. appauvrir, where the prefix is a , L. ad. Cf. {Empoverish}, and see {Poor}, and {… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2impoverish — index deplete, depreciate, deprive, despoil, plunder, spend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3impoverish — (v.) early 15c., empoverischen, from O.Fr. empoveriss , stem of empoverir, from em + povre poor (see POOR (Cf. poor)). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4impoverish — bankrupt, exhaust, *deplete, drain Antonyms: enrich Contrasted words: enhance, heighten, intensify: augment, *increase …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5impoverish — ► VERB 1) make poor. 2) exhaust the strength or natural fertility of. DERIVATIVES impoverishment noun. ORIGIN Old French empoverir, from povre poor …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6impoverish — [im päv′ər ish] vt. [ME empoverishen < extended stem of OFr empovrir < em (< L in , in) + povre < L pauper, POOR] 1. to make poor; reduce to poverty 2. to deprive of strength, resources, etc. impoverishment n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7impoverish — UK [ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ] / US [ɪmˈpɑv(ə)rɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms impoverish : present tense I/you/we/they impoverish he/she/it impoverishes present participle impoverishing past tense impoverished past participle impoverished 1) to make a person… …

    English dictionary

  • 8impoverish — im|pov|e|rish [ımˈpɔvərıʃ US ımˈpa: ] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: empovrir, from povre poor ] 1.) to make someone very poor ▪ Falling coffee prices have impoverished many Third World economies. ▪ families impoverished by debt… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9impoverish — [[t]ɪmpɒ̱vərɪʃ[/t]] impoverishes, impoverishing, impoverished 1) VERB Something that impoverishes a person or a country makes them poor. [V n] We need to reduce the burden of taxes that impoverish the economy. [V ed] ...a society impoverished by… …

    English dictionary

  • 10impoverish — /ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ / (say im povuhrish), / vrɪʃ/ (say vrish) verb (t) 1. to reduce to poverty: a country impoverished by war. 2. to make poor in quality, productiveness, etc.; exhaust the strength or richness of: to impoverish the soil. Also, Obsolete,… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 11impoverish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English enpoverisshen, from Anglo French empoveriss , stem of empoverir, from en + povre poor more at poor Date: 15th century 1. to make poor 2. to deprive of strength, richness, or fertility by depleting or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12impoverish — impoverisher, n. impoverishment, n. /im pov euhr ish, pov rish/, v.t. 1. to reduce to poverty: a country impoverished by war. 2. to make poor in quality, productiveness, etc.; exhaust the strength or richness of: Bad farming practices… …

    Universalium

  • 13impoverish — verb a) Make poor. That exuberant crop quickly impoverishes any fertile soil b) Weaken in quality; deprive of some strength or richness. Syn: ruin Ant: enrich …

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  • 14impoverish — Synonyms and related words: ablate, absorb, assimilate, bankrupt, beggar, bleed, bleed white, break, burn up, bust, consume, denude, deplete, deplume, despoil, digest, displume, divest, drain, drain of resources, draw, draw down, dry, eat, eat up …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15impoverish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pauperize; exhaust, drain; reduce, deplete, rob; weaken. See poverty, insufficiency, waste.Ant., enrich. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. make poor, bankrupt, exhaust; see ruin 2 . III (Roget s Thesaurus… …

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  • 16impoverish — im|pov|er|ish [ ım pav(ə)rıʃ ] verb transitive 1. ) to make a person or country very poor: The incompetent military leadership had impoverished a once prosperous country. 2. ) to reduce the quality of something ╾ im|pov|er|ish|ment noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17impoverish — im·pov·er·ish || ɪm pÉ‘vÉ™rɪʃ / pÉ’v v. make poor, pauperize; take away the richness of, exhaust the strength of …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18impoverish — verb 1》 make poor. 2》 exhaust the strength or natural fertility of. Derivatives impoverishment noun Origin ME: from OFr. empoveriss , lengthened stem of empoverir, based on povre poor …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19impoverish — v. a. 1. Make poor, bring to want, reduce to poverty, reduce to indigence. 2. Exhaust the fertility of, make sterile, render barren or unfertile …

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  • 20impoverish — verb (T) 1 (often passive) to make someone very poor: Many peasants were impoverished by the land tax. 2 to make something worse in quality: Crop rotation has not impoverished the soil. impoverishment noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English