live in poverty

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live in poverty (third-person singular simple present lives in poverty, present participle living in poverty, simple past and past participle lived in poverty)

  1. 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
  2. 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.