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[jen-truh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌdʒɛn trə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.
an instance of gentrifying; the condition of being gentrified.
Origin of gentrification
1975-80; gentri(fy) + -fication Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gentrification
  • The tide of gentrification that transformed economically depressed enclaves is receding, leaving some communities high and dry.
  • As gentrification gathered pace, property prices exploded.
  • The goal of many local leaders has been the retention of that history in the busy swirl of gentrification.
  • And in both the real and virtual world, nothing improves security more than gentrification.
  • Renovation and gentrification have already pushed up rents.
  • Continue past a slew of independent art galleries and witness the slow gentrification of a once ramshackle neighborhood.
  • As always happens, the artist rehabilitation has led to yuppie gentrification.
  • The over-all gentrification effect is likely positive for tax receipts, but this data doesn't say that for sure.
  • gentrification and home ownership have left their mark.
  • gentrification continues in the city centre and beyond.
British Dictionary definitions for gentrification


(Brit) a process by which middle-class people take up residence in a traditionally working-class area of a city, changing the character of the area
Derived Forms
gentrifier, noun
Word Origin
C20: from gentrify (to become gentry)
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Word Origin and History for gentrification

by 1977, noun of action from gentrify.

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