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 for Impoverishing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impoverish \Im*pov"er*ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impoverished;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Impoverishing.] [OF. empovrir; pref. em-
     (L. in) + povre poor, F. pauvre; cf. OF. apovrir, F.
     appauvrir, where the prefix is a-, L. ad. Cf. Empoverish,
     and see Poor, and -ish.]
     1. To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as,
        misfortune and disease impoverish families.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to
        make sterile; as, to impoverish land.
        [1913 Webster]

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