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Pronunciation:  im'pâvurish

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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.

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