verb (used with object)
Origin of impoverish
Examples from the Web for impoverish
These twin deficits enrich our frenemies and impoverish present and future Americans.U.S. Closing Trade Deficit With Better Oil Numbers|Daniel Gross|June 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rosner seemed to think such boycotts simply serve to impoverish our knowledge of these crucial issues.
Their basic claim is that if government spends more now, deficits will rise, and that will impoverish our grandchildren.
In short, deficits undertaken to finance productive investment not only do not impoverish our grandchildren, they enrich them.
But it admits of reasonable doubt whether, upon the whole, we fertilize or impoverish the lands which we occupy.Principles of Geology|Charles Lyell
Each generation had done what it could to impoverish the land and never to improve it.The Comings of Cousin Ann|Emma Speed Sampson
All buying, and no selling, must impoverish cities as well as individuals.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
The changes in market conditions are such as to impoverish the farmer who learns only from the past.The Evolution of the Country Community|Warren H. Wilson
The object of the raid was to impoverish the country as much as possible, and it was successfully accomplished.Four Years A Scout and Spy|E. C. Downs
Word Origin for impoverish
early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.