pauperize

[ paw-puh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpɔ pəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), pau·per·ized, pau·per·iz·ing.

to make a pauper of: His extravagance pauperized him.

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Also especially British, pau·per·ise.

Origin of pauperize

First recorded in 1825–35; pauper + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM pauperize

pau·per·i·za·tion, nounpau·per·iz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pauperize

pauperize

pauperise

/ (ˈpɔːpəˌraɪz) /

verb

(tr) to make a pauper of; impoverish
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