Definition of Gentrify

1. Verb. Renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations. "Gentrify the old center of town"

Generic synonyms: Freshen Up, Refurbish, Renovate
Derivative terms: Gentrification

Definition of Gentrify

1. Verb. (transitive) to renovate something, especially housing, to make it more appealing to the middle classes ¹

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Definition of Gentrify

1. to renew a decayed urban area so as to attract middle-class residents [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

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Literary usage of Gentrify

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1. What Holds Us Together: Social Cohesion in South Africa by David Chidester, Philip Dexter (2004)
"... in consultation with several people who had been evicted from their homes in the relentless drive to gentrify that city in the course of the 1980s. ..."

2. Daytrips New York: 50 One Day Adventures in New York City and Nearby New by Earl Steinbicker (2002)
"Since the early 20th century it has been home to a few minor museums built on an impressive terrace that was intended to help gentrify this out-of-the-way ..."

3. An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble by Tom Evslin (2006)
""Looks like they're really starting to gentrify in DUMBO," Mark comments, casually. "Wish I'd bought some property there a few years ago. ..."

4. Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings: Phase 1: Issues Identification and (1993)
"The only reason to exceed the minimum would be because of the desire to significantly upgrade the property: to gentrify to the degree that enhanced seismic ..."

5. Mute Magazine (2007)
"... claiming that these large scale photographic montages made in response to the Thatcher government's plans to radically restructure and gentrify an ..."

6. Cities for Citizens: Improving Metropolitan Governance by McFarlane, Lindsay (2001)
"... the cultural and community activities including "micro-firms' and industries that can gentrify and redevelop quarters of cities. ..."

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