gen·​tri·​fied ˈjen-trə-ˌfīd How to pronounce gentrified (audio)
: having undergone gentrification
gentrified neighborhoods/homes
The orange and white city buses winding slowly up the steep grade of Cortland Avenue follow a route between the gentrified west side of the hill—with its small but carefully manicured homes and gardens—and the more unkempt east side, a swath of low-income houses and apartments near freeways and industrial sites.Jonathan Burton

Examples of gentrified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, in a gentrified neighborhood where the limited options for child care are expensive, parents reacted to Rosemount’s announcement with a mix of frustration and sadness. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Over the years, the city became safer, more gentrified and, to Ms. Gottfried, less visually interesting. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 There were burgers and hot dogs, his stalwarts, as well as more gentrified, vaguely hipster offerings. Rory Smith, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 But Smith’s apartment is on the west side of the river, in a gentrified area that was only added to Ward 8 through redistricting in 2021. Samantha Latson, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 Concern that there were enough SROs downtown, or too many, merged with a push for a more gentrified, vibrant city core. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Even in Ramallah – a gentrified suburbia of shopping malls and chic cafes and the PA seat of power since Oslo – its grip is rapidly loosening. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Aug. 2023 Most recently, in response to the soulless sameness of the megaplexes, a new kind of gentrified cinema has emerged, with reserved seating, food service and artisanal cocktails delivered to your seat. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 Not far from the Elangeni Gardens, trendy, gentrified markets speak to a vibrant city that many young people find attractive. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, 17 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentrified was in 1973

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“Gentrified.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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