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gentrified

[jen-truh-fahyd]
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adjective
  1. very or excessively refined or elegant.
  2. subjected to gentrification.
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Origin of gentrified

First recorded in 1975–80; gentrify + -ed2

gentrify

[jen-truh-fahy]
verb (used with object), gen·tri·fied, gen·tri·fy·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), gen·tri·fied, gen·tri·fy·ing.
  1. to undergo this type of change: Some neighborhoods gentrify more quickly than others.
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Origin of gentrify

First recorded in 1970–75; gentry + -fy
Related formsgen·tri·fi·er, noun
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Related Words for gentrified

restore, repeat, extend, resume, revive, prolong, reopen, continue, restate, reestablish, reaffirm, exhilarate, reinvigorate, recreate, refurbish, remodel, resuscitate, refit, repair, rejuvenate

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Word Origin and History for gentrified

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.

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