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Meaning of IMPOVERISH

Pronunciation:  im'pâvurish

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  take away
  2. [v]  make poor
 

IMPOVERISH is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: deprive
 
 Antonyms: enrich, enrich
 
 See Also: bankrupt, beggar, break, decline, deprive, disestablish, pauperise, pauperize, reduce, ruin, worsen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Im*pov"er*ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impoverished};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Impoverishing}.] [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}.]
1. To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as,
   misfortune and disease impoverish families.

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

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: ablate, absorb, assimilate, bankrupt, beggar, bleed, bleed white, break, burn up, bust, consume, denude, deplete, deplume, despoil, digest, displume, divest, drain, drain of resources, draw, draw down, dry, eat, eat up, erode, exhaust, expend, finish, finish off, flay, fleece, fold up, gobble, gobble up, ingest, milk, pauper, pauperize, pick clean, pluck, reduce, ruin, scuttle, shear, sink, skin, spend, squander, strip, strip bare, suck dry, swallow, swallow up, use up, waste away, wear away
 

 

 

 

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