What does the word impoverish mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To make poor; deteriorate.

Usage examples for impoverish

  1. He knew, were emancipation granted, that years must elapse before the negro could be trained to the responsibilities of freedom, and that those years would impoverish the South. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  2. 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
  3. I have no family to impoverish. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas