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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Owners in gentrifying urban neighborhoods, historic districts and traditional suburbs are taking a less-is-more approach to their exteriors, opting for subtlety, normalcy and privacy. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Secretly Stylish Interiors of Undercover Luxury Homes," 30 Aug. 2018 With prices sure to rise, will the Corktowners who have outlasted the bad times now be forced out by gentrifying forces? John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Like many cities across the country, the District has undergone a renaissance over the past generation as developers built or renovated housing in gentrifying areas that became magnets for young professionals. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "District government asks court to throw out $1 billion gentrification lawsuit," 2 July 2018 Instagram’s announcement took place in central San Francisco, in a cavernous space above a Honda dealership near the gentrifying Market Street corridor. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Instagram Is Adding Hour-Long Videos to Take on YouTube," 20 June 2018 Outside, there was the clamor of construction in a neighborhood busily gentrifying. Susannah Breslin, The Atlantic, "Porn’s Uncanny Valley," 1 June 2018 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

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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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