Impoverish definition

ĭm-pŏvər-ĭsh, -pŏvrĭsh
To reduce to poverty; make poor.
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To deprive of richness or strength.

Impoverish the soil by overuse.

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To make poor; reduce to poverty.
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To deprive of strength, resources, etc.
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Make poor.
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Weaken in quality; deprive of some strength or richness.

That exuberant crop quickly impoverishes any fertile soil.

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(intransitive) Become poor.
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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