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Im*pov"er*ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impoverished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Impoverishing.] [OF. empovrir; pref. em- (L. in) + povre poor, F. pauvre; cf. OF. apovrir, F. appauvrir, where the prefix is a-, L. ad. Cf. Empoverish, and see Poor, and -ish.]


To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as, misfortune and disease impoverish families.


To exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to make sterile; as, to impoverish land.


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