Definition of impoverish
1 : to make poor
2 : to deprive of strength, richness, or fertility by depleting or draining of something essential
impoverishmentplay \im-ˈpäv-rish-mənt, -ˈpä-və-\ noun
Examples of impoverish in a Sentence
The dictator enriched himself but impoverished his people.
Poor farming practices impoverished the soil.
Recent Examples of impoverish from the Web
The march also was to support recent demonstrations in Morocco’s impoverished northern Rif region.
The protests have drawn national attention to the plight of Morocco’s impoverished northern Rif region and pose a challenge to the new government.
Staying in would not benefit the global environment one whit, but instead, by impoverishing millions of people, would have exactly the opposite effect.
Impoverished Nation In that situation, Vale would likely have to begin the complicated process of having the judgment enforced by courts around the world.
Impoverished renters have been hit the hardest, paying a rising share of their income for housing.
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Synonym Discussion of impoverish
IMPOVERISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impoverish for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) poor
: to use up the strength or richness of (something, such as land)
IMPOVERISH Defined for Kids
Definition of impoverish for Students
1 : to make poor The greedy tyrant impoverished his people.
2 : to use up the strength or richness of impoverished soil
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