live in poverty (third-person singular simple present lives in poverty, present participle living in poverty, simple past and past participle lived in poverty)
- To have a cash income below the poverty level.
- Despite the economic recovery, the percentage of the U.S. population living in poverty rose to 12.5 percent in 2003
- living in poverty, i.e., leading a life on the same economic level as someone who gets no charity or government benefits and whose cash income is below the poverty level
- Conservatives say that less than 0.5 percent of the population is really living in poverty, arguing that statistics should include the value of charity and welfare.