Impoverish Definition

ĭm-pŏvər-ĭsh, -pŏvrĭsh
impoverishes, impoverishing
impoverishes, impoverishing
To make poor; reduce to poverty.
Webster's New World
To deprive of strength, resources, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Impoverish

  • Middle English empoverishen from Old French empovrir empovriss- en- causative pref. en–1 povre poor (from Latin pauper pauper)

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

  • Borrowing from Old French empoverir (modern French appauvrir), from em- + povre, from Latin pauper (“poor”) (English poor).

    From Wiktionary

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