gentrify

verb gen·tri·fy \ ˈjen-trə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of gentrify

gentrified; gentrifying
transitive verb
: to attempt or accomplish the gentrification of
  • gentrified a run-down section of the city
intransitive verb
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of gentrify

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


GENTRIFY Defined for English Language Learners

gentrify

verb

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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