Definition of gentrification in US English:

gentrification

noun

  • 1The process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.

    ‘an area undergoing rapid gentrification’
    • ‘This award-winning architect engages in community work without causing gentrification to occur.’
    • ‘He is writing a book on gentrification in New York.’
    • ‘She notices the double-edged sword happening locally with the growing gentrification.’
    • ‘The women have begun offering workshops in how to protest raised property taxes that result from gentrification.’
    • ‘Many of the city's 120 neighborhoods are experiencing gentrification.’
    • ‘Once dependably seedy, it has been transformed by the forces of gentrification.’
    • ‘The Bowery is well on its way to gentrification.’
    • ‘The arrival of a coffee house on the corner of an inner city street means that gentrification is underway or has nearly been completed.’
    • ‘In this movie, he addresses the gentrification that has overtaken his old neighborhood without being clearly anti.’
    • ‘The gentrification of urban space was a by-product of global capitalism's retooling from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.’
    1. 1.1 The process of making a person or activity more refined or polite.
      ‘soccer has undergone gentrification’
      ‘Miss Havisham's plan for his gentrification’
      • ‘Since World War II, there has been an overall gentrification or affluentization of the population, which is sometimes called "embourgoisement."’
      • ‘If great novels defy categorization, then in the game of literary gentrification, which writers can transcend genre while still employing its tropes, and which cannot?’
      • ‘Denim is undergoing an era of gentrification—and this has been promoted and picked up by designers and high-street stores alike.’
      • ‘In "Entrepreneurs as Aristocrats," he examines values transmission, the kind which occurred in the gentrification of businessmen.’
      • ‘Their gentrification was reflected in how they dressed, dined, performed, and were entertained, in a selection of social settings.’

Pronunciation

gentrification

/ˌdʒɛntrəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n//ˌjentrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/