The restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in displacement of lower-income people.
Variant of gentrify
transitive verbgentrified, gentrifying
- to convert (a deteriorated or aging area in a city) into a more affluent middle-class neighborhood, as by remodeling dwellings, resulting in increased property values and in displacement of the poor
- to raise to a higher status or condition; improve, uplift, etc.
Origin of gentrify; from gentry + -fy