from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to poverty; make poor.
- transitive v. To deprive of natural richness or strength: impoverish the soil by overuse. See Synonyms at deplete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Make poor.
- v. Weaken in quality; deprive of some strength or richness.
- v. Become poor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence.
- transitive v. To exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to make sterile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make poor; reduce to poverty or indigence.
- To make poor in quality or character; reduce in vigor, capacity, productiveness, etc.; cause to deteriorate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take away
- v. make poor
Middle English empoverishen, from Old French empovrir, empovriss- : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + povre, poor (from Latin pauper; see pauper).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French empoverir (modern French appauvrir), from em- + povre, from Latin pauper ("poor") (English poor). (Wiktionary)