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noun American English pronunciation: poverty /ˈpɑvərti/
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a situation in which someone does not have enough money to pay for their basic needs

    There are many areas where the problems of poverty and unemployment still persist.

    in poverty:

    Half the world's population is living in poverty.

  2. 2
    [singular] formal a lack of something, especially ideas or feelings
    poverty of:

    The proposals display a worrying poverty of ideas.

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