Is there a verb that means to make poor, such as a derivative form of the adjective poor? If not, what would be its best alternative?

  • Give us a sentence in which you would use this word. – Jim Jun 22 '15 at 4:22
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    Perhaps impoverish would be close enough? – Jim Jun 22 '15 at 4:34
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    To make poor ot to become poor. – rogermue Jun 22 '15 at 5:11
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    Please look up a good dictionary that shows the different word forms of poor. – Kris Jun 22 '15 at 6:08
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because OP hasn't explained what meaning he intends for to poor. To make [someone else] poor, become poor [oneself], judge [something to be] poor, etc. – FumbleFingers Jun 22 '15 at 14:12

You might try

  • impoverish (to make poor; to deprive of strength, richness, or fertility by depleting or draining of something essential),
  • pauperize (to reduce to poverty), or
  • the verb form of beggar (to reduce to poverty or the practice of asking for charity)

all of which mean "to make poor."

Definitions by Merriam-Webster.

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  • I like the verbs in this answer, but the definitions ought to be included in it. – Anonym Jun 24 '15 at 16:26
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    The definitions are linked to. Just middle-click if you want to open in a new tab. Also see the question for the meaning of the words. – WBT Jun 24 '15 at 16:45
  • External web pages are ephemeral; quoting the definitions will aid in the long-term utility of your answer. – Anonym Jun 25 '15 at 0:54
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    Agreed with @Anonym: please quote the relevant definitions in your answer, and tell us which dictionary they came from. – Dan Bron Jun 25 '15 at 14:30
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    Regardless of the discussion on meta, I agree with @Anonym and Dan Bron. Nobody wants to go off to three links to see if your answer is correct or pertinent. A good answer requires the effort to present it so users can see how these words are used and have this pointed out to them. For example impoverish is more common than pauperize (assuming they have the same meaning) and beggar is more extreme than impoverish. Also I don't think "How about?" is the way to phrase an answer. It is better to say that you suggest something, indicate the meaning, and then ask if it is suitable. – David Sep 24 '17 at 21:02

What about "to ruin someone"? I think it means exactly the same as "to make someone poor", plus it sounds better. I hope I helped Have a good one 😉

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