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Definitions for impoverish
ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃ, -ˈpɒv rɪʃim·pov·er·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impoverishverb

    make poor

  2. deprive, impoverishverb

    take away

Wiktionary

  1. impoverishverb

    Make poor.

    Etymology: From empoverir (modern French appauvrir), from + , from (English poor).

  2. impoverishverb

    Weaken in quality; deprive of some strength or richness.

    That exuberant crop quickly impoverishes any fertile soil

    Etymology: From empoverir (modern French appauvrir), from + , from (English poor).

  3. impoverishverb

    Become poor.

    Etymology: From empoverir (modern French appauvrir), from + , from (English poor).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impoverishverb

    to make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as, misfortune and disease impoverish families

    Etymology: [OF. empovrir; pref. em- (L. in) + povre poor, F. pauvre; cf. OF. apovrir, F. appauvrir, where the prefix is a-, L. ad. Cf. Empoverish, and see Poor, and -ish.]

  2. Impoverishverb

    to exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to make sterile; as, to impoverish land

    Etymology: [OF. empovrir; pref. em- (L. in) + povre poor, F. pauvre; cf. OF. apovrir, F. appauvrir, where the prefix is a-, L. ad. Cf. Empoverish, and see Poor, and -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impoverish

    im-pov′ėr-ish, v.t. to make poor: to exhaust the resources (as of a nation), or fertility (as of the soil).—n. Impov′erishment. [From O. Fr. empovrir (Fr. appauvrir)—L. in, in, pauper, poor.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impoverish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impoverish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of impoverish in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Schumpeter:

    The question that is so clearly in many potential parents minds: Why should we stunt our ambitions and impoverish our lives in order to be insulted and looked down upon in our old age?

  2. Woodrow Wilson:

    You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

  3. John Locke:

    Tis a Mistake to think this Fault [tyranny] is proper only to Monarchies; other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that. For where-ever the Power that is put in any hands for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many.

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