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gentrify

[jen-truh-fahy] /ˈdʒɛn trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), gentrified, gentrifying.
1.
to alter (a deteriorated urban neighborhood) through the buying and renovation of houses and stores by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, raising property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.
2.
to conform to an upper- or middle-class lifestyle; make appealing to those with more affluent tastes:
Fish and chips have been gentrified.
verb (used without object), gentrified, gentrifying.
3.
to undergo this type of change:
Some neighborhoods gentrify more quickly than others.
Origin of gentrify
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75; gentry + -fy
Related forms
gentrifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for gentrifier

gentrify

v.

"renovate inner-city housing to middle-class standards," by 1972, from gentry + -fy. Related: Gentrified, which was used from early 19c. of persons.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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