Definition of gentrify in English:

gentrify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Renovate and improve (a house or district) so that it conforms to middle-class taste.

    • ‘Apart from hastily built apartment blocks, there is no real sense of community in any newly gentrified city area.’
    • ‘This attracted the yuppies (and the liberal artsy types), who have been slowly gentrifying the town for the past 20 odd years.’
    • ‘He has insisted his club will gentrify the deprived north inner-city area around Parnell Street.’
    • ‘It hardly oozes charm now, although there have been a few attempts to gentrify it.’
    • ‘‘It's getting SoMa-ed,’ says one local, comparing it to the more completely gentrified South of Market district that lies just to the north.’
    • ‘It tells the owner of the development that by gentrifying a run-down area of the city, their speculative accumulation actually has a positive, even indispensable social role.’
    • ‘When the university so gentrifies its immediate neighborhood that store rents there are higher than in the city center, a lesson is taught.’
    • ‘All of these seem to be part of a wide-ranging plan to gentrify the downtown Cleveland area.’
    • ‘City leaders promised solutions, but many of them involved gentrifying poor neighborhoods.’
    • ‘The few gentrified streets did once house members of the leftish intelligentsia.’
    • ‘The drawback to adding roughly 1,000 new residents a week and gentrifying urban neighborhoods is that Sydney could lose its distinctive flavor and drive out the artists who made those areas appealing.’
    • ‘Others worry that the plan is an excuse to gentrify areas that have become valuable in the years since public housing went up.’
    • ‘The university wanted to put the $125 million, 330,000-square-foot building at the edge of campus, where it would help move the college southward and further gentrify the area.’
    • ‘The house had that gentrified look common along the Peacham Road.’
    • ‘By the late '70s, graffiti had moved from the trains to the walls, and become a key symbol in the efforts of mayors to gentrify low-income communities of color.’
    • ‘Regional and local development has often invested in physical resources, such as gentrifying an area with a new museum, art gallery, or library.’
    • ‘Their regular meeting place was a restaurant smack-dab in the middle of the newly gentrified Times Square.’
    • ‘College towns, upscale suburbs, and newly gentrifying urban neighborhoods were indeed becoming Democratic as blue-collar areas moved rightward.’
    • ‘The city is going to knock down this building and gentrify the neighborhood.’
    • ‘Denver is a newly gentrified metropolitan area surrounded by the rugged, snow-capped Colorado Rockies.’
    modernize, restore, redecorate, refurbish, revamp, make over, recondition, rehabilitate, overhaul, repair, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
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    1. 1.1usually as adjective gentrified Make (someone or their way of life) more refined or polite.
      ‘a gentrified Irish American’
      • ‘You can't expect to be free to work the street in areas used extensively by gentrified yuppies.’
      • ‘The actress plays Julia Cook, the gentrified, married English lover of Ned and a fictional character.’
      • ‘JM Synge was born an Englishman and inhabited the same gentrified Anglo-Irish world as Yeats.’
      • ‘In the absence of other candidates, Highland commissions had to be filled up with such men, a less gentrified set than their English counterparts.’
      • ‘People like myself who are long-term residents of the area have themselves become gentrified, and that's really symptomatic of what's happened here as a whole.’
      • ‘Overall, Smith's study in social boorishness stood up to a 40-minute York set, although his gentrified persona occasionally grated, and it would be fascinating to see how he handled a hostile crowd.’
      • ‘The regulars jammed against the bar are part of the young, gentrified crowd who have colonised the inner walls of the City.’
      • ‘You are producing generation after generation of chaps and girls who have a very limited understanding of life experience outside of their own gentrified clique.’
      • ‘Maybe it's because that grouping of people is so out of context these days… or that they look so gentrified almost, so adult, so grown up, so not rock starish.’
      • ‘The gentrified and artistic world Hesselius's daughters and descendants married into can be traced under the family name, and under ‘Wertmuller.’’
      • ‘The rivalry between a gentrified family and a wealthy tradesman turns to tragedy when the former use their discovery of the dark past of the tradesman's daughter-in-law to thwart his building plans.’

Pronunciation

gentrify

/ˈdʒɛntrɪfʌɪ/