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gentrify

[jen-truh-fahy] /ˈdʒɛn trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), gentrified, gentrifying.
1.
to improve (a neighborhood) by gentrification.
verb (used without object), gentrified, gentrifying.
2.
to undergo gentrification:
Some neighborhoods gentrify more easily than others.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; gentry + -fy
Related forms
gentrifier, noun
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Examples for gentrify
  • Left to themselves, they will continue to deteriorate or else gentrify as real-estate developers move in to make a killing.
  • As an area begins to gentrify, a new label often pops up to match the rising property values.
  • There were those who wanted to convert it, gentrify it.
Word Origin and History for gentrify
v.

"renovate inner-city housing to middle-class standards," by 1972, from gentry + -fy. Related: Gentrified, which was used from early 19c. of persons.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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