gentrify

[jen-truh-fahy]
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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.
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.

Origin of gentrify

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

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    Enough with the Overalls!

    Sean Macaulay

    April 7, 2010


Word Origin and History for 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