Meaning of “poverty” in the English Dictionary

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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 extremely poor:

Two million people in the city live in abject (= very great) poverty.
He emigrated to Australia to escape the grinding (= very great) poverty of his birthplace.
a poverty of sth formal

a lack of something or when the quality of something is extremely low:

There is a disappointing poverty of creativity in their work.

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  • The problem of poverty is particularly acute in rural areas.
  • The closure of the factory brought poverty to the town .
  • When is the government going to tackle the problem of poverty in the inner cities?
  • I've never witnessed such extremes of wealth and poverty.
  • The problems of poverty, homelessness and unemployment are all interconnected.

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

"poverty" in American English

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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 /ˈpɒvəti/ us 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)