gen·​tri·​fy | \ ˈjen-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce gentrify (audio) \
gentrified; gentrifying

Definition of gentrify

transitive verb

: to attempt or accomplish the gentrification of gentrified a run-down section of the city

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gentrifier \ ˈjen-​trə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce gentrifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of gentrify in a Sentence

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

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Members of the Labkon family, owners of General Iron Industries, already are trying to sell their 21.5 acres of real estate in a fast-gentrifying area along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Michael Hawthorne,, "Reversing one of Emanuel’s last decisions, Lightfoot ensures clout-heavy scrap shredder leaves North Side by 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 An organization that promotes development in a fast-gentrifying District neighborhood is defending a letter critical of homeless encampments that some advocates called insensitive. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘Cold, callous letter’ critical of D.C. homeless encampments stirs controversy," 28 Aug. 2019 As with so many aspects of the housing crisis, the crunch for seniors is most obvious in gentrifying neighborhoods. Los Angeles Times, "Seniors facing eviction fear homelessness and isolation as California’s housing crisis rolls on," 29 Aug. 2019 An African-American, Jimmie Falls, who lives in that rapidly — no, radically — gentrifying city becomes obsessed with a house where three generations of his family have previously lived. Mark Feeney,, "A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 The intended attraction for beer drinkers is not only the variety on tap, but the taproom itself, which sits on a quiet stretch of quickly gentrifying Milwaukee Avenue. Josh Noel,, "Logan Square brewery aims to help other beer makers realize their dreams," 15 Aug. 2019 Seeing these stunning homes balancing such understated opulence in careful harmony with their natural surroundings gives me hope that home shows can do more than just gentrify small towns into free-range IKEA showrooms. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Is it home envy, or something else?," 29 Apr. 2018 Denver Post The city is racing against private developers on gentrifying East Colfax. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Can this former leader of the secession movement bring Colorado together?," 25 July 2019 In sections of gentrifying Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill, not a single panel was added by Brooklyn SolarWorks in 2016. New York Times, "More New Yorkers Embrace Solar Power," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of gentrify

1972, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for gentrify

gentry + -ify (or as back-formation from gentrification)

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English Language Learners Definition of gentrify

: 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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