gentrify meaning, gentrify definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( gentrifies    3rd person present)   ( gentrifying    present participle)   ( gentrified    past tense & past participle  ) 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 used to live.      verb   usu passive  
The local neighbourhood, like so many areas of Manhattan, is gradually being gentrified.      be V-ed  
  gentrification      n-uncount  
...the gentrification of the area.     
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gentry, gent, gently, gentility

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