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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: empovrir, from povre 'poor'

impoverish

verb
     
im‧pov‧e‧rish [transitive]
1 to make someone very poor:
Falling coffee prices have impoverished many Third World economies.
families impoverished by debt
2 to make something worse in quality:
Fast-growing trees remove nutrients and impoverish the soil.
impoverished adjective:
an impoverished student
impoverishment noun [uncountable]
spiritual impoverishment

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