transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- 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 gentrifyfrom gentry + -fy
verbgen·tri·fied, gen·tri·fy·ing, gen·tri·fies
To subject to gentrification: gentrify a row of Victorian houses.
To undergo gentrification: a neighborhood that is rapidly gentrifying.
Origin of gentrifygentr(y) -fy
(third-person singular simple present gentrifies, present participle gentrifying, simple past and past participle gentrified)