What does the word impoverish mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To make poor; deteriorate.

Usage examples for impoverish

  1. You have often said you loved him,- you are childless yourself,- and a morsel of bread and a shelter for the night, which is all I ask of you to give him, will not impoverish more legitimate claimants." – Paul Clifford, Volume 1. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. I have no family to impoverish. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas