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Changing social or professional status

acquire

verb

to get a particular reputation, position, or name

ascent

noun

the process of becoming more important or famous

bankrupt

verb

to make a person, business, or country bankrupt or very poor

beggar

verb

to make a person, country, or organization very poor

climb

verb

to move to a higher level in your job or social position

climb

noun

the process of moving to a higher level in your job or social position

come out

if a young upper-class woman comes out, she formally becomes part of upper-class society by going to a special party or other social event for the first time

comedown

noun

a situation in which you suddenly have less status or fewer advantages than you had previously

descend

verb

to come down to a lower level, especially a lower social level

disestablish

verb

to take away the official status of an institution or organization, especially a church

downfall

noun

a sudden loss of power, status, or success

downshift

verb

to change to a different job or way of life, so that you have less money and responsibility but more satisfaction and happiness

downwardly mobile

adjective

moving to a lower social class and becoming poorer

elevate

verb

to improve the status or importance of someone or something

ennoble

verb

to make someone officially a nobleman or noblewoman (=a member of the highest social class) as an honour

enrich

verb

to make someone richer

fall

noun

someone’s defeat or loss of power

former

adjective, pronoun

used for describing someone or something that had a particular job, title, status etc in the past, but not now

gentrification

noun

the process by which an area of a city where poor people live becomes an area where middle-class people live, as they buy the houses and repair them

impoverish

verb

to make a person or country very poor

mobile

adjective

able to move easily from one job, social class, place etc to another

mobility

noun

the tendency to move between places, jobs, or social classes

move up in the world

to improve your social status, for example by getting a better job

pauperise

a British spelling of pauperize

pauperize

verb

to make someone extremely poor

rags-to-riches

adjective

used for describing a situation in which someone who has been very poor becomes very rich

reversal

noun

a situation in which you and another person exchange your activities or status

ruin

verb

to make someone lose all their money or power

slum it

verb

to spend time in conditions that you would not normally think were good enough for you

social climber

noun

someone who tries to move into a higher social class, especially by being friendly to people of that class. This word shows that you dislike people like this.

social mobility

noun

the ability to move easily from a lower social class to a higher one

sometime

adjective, adverb

used for showing what someone used to be, for example what their job, status, or relationship was in the past

upgrade

verb

to officially give someone or something a higher status

upwardly mobile

adjective

someone who is upwardly mobile moves into a higher social class by becoming richer and more successful

world

noun

if someone moves up or down in the world, they move to a higher or lower social class

yuppify

verb

to change a place from a place for poor or working-class people to one that is very expensive and popular with yuppies

disestablishment

noun

downshift

noun

gentrify

verb

yuppification

noun

better yourself

to improve your social status by educating yourself

rags to riches

used for describing a situation in which someone who has been very poor becomes very rich

rise through the ranks

to continue moving to more important or responsible positions in a company or organization

upwardly/downwardly mobile

moving up or down in social class

upward/downward mobility

a situation in which someone moves up/down in social class

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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