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noun poverty pronunciation in British English /ˈpɒvə(r)ti/
  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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