v. improve a neighborhood by renovating old buildings in order to attract wealthier families

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  • gentrify — [jen′tri fī΄] vt. gentrified, gentrifying [< GENTRY + FY] 1. to convert (a deteriorated or aging area in a city) into a more affluent middle class neighborhood, as by remodeling dwellings, resulting in increased property values and in… …   English World dictionary

  • gentrify — verb renovate so as to make it conform to middle class aspirations gentrify a row of old houses gentrify the old center of town • Derivationally related forms: ↑gentrification • Hypernyms: ↑refurbish, ↑renovate, ↑freshen up …   Useful english dictionary

  • gentrify — gentrifier, n. /jen treuh fuy /, v., gentrified, gentrifying. v.t. 1. to improve (a neighborhood) by gentrification. v.i. 2. to undergo gentrification: Some neighborhoods gentrify more easily than others. [1970 75; GENTRY + FY] * * * …   Universalium

  • gentrify — verb ( fied; fying) Date: 1972 transitive verb to attempt or accomplish the gentrification of intransitive verb to become gentrified • gentrifier noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gentrify — verb to renovate something, especially housing, to make it more appealing to the middle classes See Also: gentrification …   Wiktionary

  • gentrify — [[t]ʤe̱ntrɪfaɪ[/t]] gentrifies, gentrifying, gentrified VERB: usu passive When a street or area is gentrified, it becomes a more expensive place to live because wealthy people move into the area and buy the houses where people with less money… …   English dictionary

  • gentrify — verb (gentrifies, gentrifying, gentrified) renovate and improve (a house or district) so that it conforms to middle class taste. Derivatives gentrification noun gentrifier noun …   English new terms dictionary

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