Gentrify Definition

gentrified, gentrifies, 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.
Webster's New World
To subject to gentrification.
Gentrify a row of Victorian houses.
American Heritage
To undergo gentrification.
A neighborhood that is rapidly gentrifying.
American Heritage
To raise to a higher status or condition; improve, uplift, etc.
Webster's New World

To renovate something, especially housing, to make it more appealing to the middle classes.


Origin of Gentrify

  • gentr(y) –fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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