/ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃ, -ˈpɒv rɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to reduce to poverty:
a country impoverished by war.
to make poor in quality, productiveness, etc.; exhaust the strength or richness of:
Bad farming practices impoverished the soil.
late Middle English
(long stem of
), equivalent to
deplete, drain; weaken, enervate, fatigue, cripple.
to make poor or diminish the quality of:
to impoverish society by cutting the grant to the arts
to deprive (soil, etc) of fertility
[C15: from Old French
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If they had a goal, it was selfish-an attempt to impoverish the emerging world through protectionism.
Conflict may impoverish populations, increase the availability of weapons and debilitate rulers.
While a tax on gasoline will impoverish people, it won't reduce consumption of gasoline much at all.
It has never been dairy farmers' intent to impoverish processors.
If re not indexed for inflation, inflation may impoverish annuitants receiving a steady stream of decreasingly valuable dollars.
And that, ultimately, that would impoverish everyone.