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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. Helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries also helps to reduce environmental destruction.
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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(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)
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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