gentrify

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verb gen·tri·fy \ˈjen-trə-ˌfī\

Definition of gentrify

gentrified

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gentrifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to attempt or accomplish the gentrification of <gentrified a run-down section of the city>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo gentrification

gentrifier

play \ˈjen-trə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of gentrify in a sentence

  1. As the neighborhood became gentrified, the people who had lived there for many years could no longer afford it.

Origin and Etymology of gentrify

see gentry


First Known Use: 1972


GENTRIFY Defined for English Language Learners

gentrify

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verb gen·tri·fy \ˈjen-trə-ˌfī\

Definition of gentrify for English Language Learners

  • : to change (a place, such as an old neighborhood) by improving it and making it more appealing to people who have money



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