verb (used with object), gen·tri·fied, gen·tri·fy·ing.
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.
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), gen·tri·fied, gen·tri·fy·ing.
to undergo this type of change: Some neighborhoods gentrify more quickly than others.
Origin of gentrify
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Contemporary Examples of gentrify
Jessegate is just the latest, and I would argue inevitable, setback in the centuries-long quest to gentrify overalls.Enough with the Overalls!
April 7, 2010
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