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impoverish

im·pov·er·ish

impoverish

 
pronunciation:
ihm pa v rihsh [or] ihm pav rihsh
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: impoverished, impoverishes, impoverishing
definition 1: to make poor; cause to live in poverty.
The drought impoverished the agricultural population.Their father's loss of work impoverished the family.
antonyms:
enrich
similar words:
beggar, bust
definition 2: to exhaust the natural richness or strength of.
Repeated planting of the same crop impoverished the soil.
antonyms:
enrich
similar words:
exhaust
derivations: impoverished (adj.), impoverishment (n.)