im·​pov·​er·​ished | \ im-ˈpäv-risht How to pronounce impoverished (audio) , -ˈpä-və-\

Definition of impoverished

1 : reduced to poverty : poor an impoverished family/community
2 : exhausted of richness or fertility impoverished soils
3 of a fauna or flora : represented by few species or individuals

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Examples of impoverished in a Sentence

the widespread hope that the lottery's record-setting jackpot is won by an impoverished family an impoverished field that over the years had been overgrazed

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The war left Europe and parts of Asia destroyed and impoverished, but the years that followed were a time of great growth and development—both economic and in terms of human rights. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "75 years after D-Day, these countries are facing a nationalist resurgence," 6 June 2019 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who attended the opening, said the construction of the new headquarters had generated $3.2 million for a fund created to rebuild impoverished neighborhoods. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "McDonald's New Chicago Headquarters Is Officially Open. Why It Moved Back to the City After 47 Years," 5 June 2018 Cue Container Skyscraper, a proposal for a towering complex in Mumbai, India, that could provide homes for up to 5,000 people living in the city's impoverished neighborhoods. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "UPDATE: Urban Housing Could Be Getting A Colorful New Look," 3 Sep. 2015 Since so many prisoners are impoverished to begin with, states typically don’t raise much money by charging inmates room and board fees, and in some states, the enforcement of these laws is conditional on the prisoner’s ability to pay. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.," 17 Feb. 2018 What a cruel psychological game to play with impoverished children. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Fires Back About Casting Controversy: "I Am Upset"," 31 July 2017 Planet Awesome Kid, a street style website for the under-12 set, teamed up with the charity, headed by uber-chic mother of six Angelina Jolie, to help host its first annual fundraiser, which will benefit impoverished children worldwide. Jennifer Heyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Global Action for Children Draws Chic Tots for Fundraising," 23 Mar. 2010 These storms, and the subsequent infrastructure disasters, have been hard on Native communities that are already impoverished and lack infrastructure. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "The Climate Disaster We Fear Is Already Happening," 22 Apr. 2019 Despite Sudan’s oil wealth, his people remained impoverished as cronies from his Islamist National Congress Party grew rich. ... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Downfall of a Dictator," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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