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English definition of “impoverished”

impoverished

adjective     /ɪmˈpɒv.ər.ɪʃt/ US  /-ˈpɑː.vɚ-/ formal
very poor: an impoverished young actorPoverty and poor made weaker or worse in quality: He warned that the breakdown of the family unit would lead to an impoverished society.Deteriorating and making worse impoverish     /-ɪʃ/ verb [T] formal Excessive farming had impoverished the soil. The new law is likely to further impoverish single parents.Deteriorating and making worse impoverishment     /-mənt/ noun [U] formal cultural/economic/spiritual impoverishmentDeteriorating and making worse
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