AskDefine | Define impoverish

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1 make poor [ant: enrich]
2 take away [syn: deprive] [ant: enrich]

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From Old French empoverir (modern French empauvrir)


  1. Make poor.
  2. Weaken the quality of; deprive of something.
  3. Become poor.


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ablate, absorb, assimilate, bankrupt, beggar, bleed, bleed white, break, burn up, bust, consume, denude, deplete, deplume, despoil, digest, displume, divest, drain, drain of resources, draw, draw down, dry, eat, eat up, erode, exhaust, expend, finish, finish off, flay, fleece, fold up, gobble, gobble up, ingest, milk, pauper, pauperize, pick clean, pluck, reduce, ruin, scuttle, shear, sink, skin, spend, squander, strip, strip bare, suck dry, swallow, swallow up, use up, waste away, wear away
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