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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·pov·er·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impoverished p. pr. & vb. n. Impoverishing.]
 1. To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as, misfortune and disease impoverish families.
 2. To exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to make sterile; as, to impoverish land.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: poor enough to need help from others [syn: destitute, indigent,
              necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken]
      2: destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family"
         [syn: broken, wiped out(p)]