gen·tri·fy | \ˈjen-trə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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Instead, most of the money goes to gentrifying communities, even though the program was intended to eradicate blight in low-income communities. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 Both of the San Francisco projects that may receive grants are in the Mission, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that has been the city’s top priority in building affordable housing. J.k. Dineen,, "Relief for SF affordable housing: $29 million to Mission District projects," 24 June 2018 Leonard Jones, 56, lives with his sister on Gregg Street in Smallwood, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood near Johnson C. Smith University. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "In affordable housing crisis, these Charlotte residents may get help with their taxes," 7 June 2018 Though the redevelopment of Lathrop will increase the overall density on the site, advocates have long bemoaned the net loss of public housing units in what is today a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood near jobs and amenities. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Lathrop launches lottery for affordable housing at revamped CHA complex," 24 Apr. 2018 Plus, gentrifying neighborhoods appear to have fueled Ocasio-Cortez’s win; Fiedler’s district is rapidly changing, too. Chris Brennan,, "The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa. | Clout," 6 July 2018 The Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin occupies an airy high-ceilinged flat in the gentrifying immigrant neighborhood of Wedding. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 Milos Raonic: Like Djokovic, another gentrifying neighborhood. Finalist in 2016 is back. Jon Wertheim,, "Wimbledon 2018 Seed Reports," 1 July 2018 Residents of gentrifying neighbourhoods who own their homes have reaped considerable windfalls. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018

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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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The first known use of gentrify was in 1972

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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