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"poverty" in British English

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povertynoun [U]

uk   /ˈpɒv.ə.ti/  us   /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i/
B2 the ​condition of being ​extremelypoor: Two million ​people in the ​citylive in abject (= very ​great) poverty. He ​emigrated to ​Australia to ​escape the grinding (= very ​great) poverty of his ​birthplace. Helping to ​alleviate poverty in ​developingcountries also ​helps to ​reduceenvironmentaldestruction.
a poverty of sth formal
a ​lack of something or when the ​quality of something is ​extremelylow: There is a ​disappointing poverty of ​creativity in ​theirwork.

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(Definition of poverty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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povertynoun [U]

 us   /ˈpɑv·ər·t̬i/
the ​condition of being ​poor: He ​grew up in poverty.
(Definition of poverty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"poverty" in Business English

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povertynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈpɒvəti/ ECONOMICS
the ​condition of being extremely ​poor: Some 80% of Haitians live in poverty, and few have proper ​jobs.
(Definition of poverty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poverty”
in Korean 가난…
in Arabic فَقْر…
in Malaysian kemiskinan…
in French pauvreté…
in Russian бедность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貧困,貧窮…
in Italian povertà, miseria…
in Turkish yoksulluk, fakirlik, sefalet…
in Polish bieda, nędza, ubóstwo…
in Spanish pobreza…
in Vietnamese sự nghèo đói…
in Portuguese pobreza…
in Thai ความจน…
in German die Armut…
in Catalan pobresa…
in Japanese 貧困, 貧乏…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贫困,贫穷…
in Indonesian kemiskinan…
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