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.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English empoverishen Related forms
< Middle French empovriss-
(long stem of empovrir
), equivalent to em- em-1
+ povre poor
+ -iss -ish2
2. deplete, drain; weaken, enervate, fatigue, cripple.
1, 2. enrich.