impoverish

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From Middle English impoverishen, empoverishen, from Old French empoverir, from em- + povre, from Latin pauper (poor) (English poor).

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impoverish (third-person singular simple present impoverishes, present participle impoverishing, simple past and past participle impoverished)

  1. (transitive) Make poor.
  2. (transitive) Weaken in quality; deprive of some strength or richness.
    That exuberant crop quickly impoverishes any fertile soil
  3. (intransitive) Become poor.

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