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impoverish (v.)

early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor (adj.)). In the same sense Middle English also had empover (early 15c., from Old French enpoverir), also poverished "made poor" (late 14c.). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.

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Definitions of impoverish

impoverish (v.)
make poor;
impoverish (v.)
take away;
Synonyms: deprive
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