im·pov·er·ish (ĭm-pŏvər-ĭsh, -pŏvrĭsh)
tr.v. im·pov·er·ished, im·pov·er·ish·ing, im·pov·er·ish·es
1. To reduce to poverty; make poor: Bad harvests impoverished the family.
2. To deprive of richness or strength: Excessive erosion can impoverish the soil.
[Middle English empoverishen, from Old French empovrir, empovriss- : en-, causative pref.; see EN-1 + povre, poor (from Latin pauper; see PAUPER).]
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