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gentrify

[ jen-truh-fahy ]
/ 藞d蕭蓻n tr蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), gen路tri路fied, gen路tri路fy路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路tri路fied, gen路tri路fy路ing.
to undergo this type of change: Some neighborhoods gentrify more quickly than others.
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Origin of gentrify

First recorded in 1970鈥75; gentry + -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM gentrify

gen路tri路fi路er, noun
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