poverty

pov|er|ty
W3 [ˈpɔvəti US ˈpa:vərti] n
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: poverté, from Latin paupertas, from pauper; POOR]
1.) [U]
the situation or experience of being poor
→↑poor, impoverished ↑impoverished
Millions of elderly people live in poverty .
We need an effective strategy to fight poverty .
continued efforts to alleviate poverty and raise living standards
scenes of abject poverty
the causes of urban poverty
2.) the poverty line also the poverty level AmE
the income below which a person or a family is officially considered to be very poor and in need of help
20% of the population now live below the poverty line .
3.) the poverty trap
a situation in which a poor person without a job cannot afford to take a low paying job because they would lose the money they receive from the government
4.) [singular,U] formal
a lack of a particular quality
poverty of
The novel shows a surprising poverty of imagination.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
live/grow up/die in poverty
fight/combat poverty (=try to end poverty)
alleviate/relieve poverty (=improve poverty)
extreme/severe poverty
abject/grinding/dire poverty (=extreme poverty)
urban/rural poverty (=poverty of people in cities or the countryside)
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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