[[t]ˈyʌp əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. -fied, -fy•ing. Disparaging.
to gentrify or modify (a neighborhood, apartment building, store, etc.), often destroying its innate character, so as to attract affluent young professionals
Etymology: [1980-85; yupp(ie)+ -ify ]

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • yuppify — verb To redevelop (an urban area or commercial premises) so as to attract affluent young professionals as residents or clientele. This used to be an honest old fashioned backstreet boozer but, like Fulham itself, the pub has had its soul ripped… …   Wiktionary

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  • yuppify — yup|pi|fy [ jʌpı,faı ] verb transitive to change a place from a place for poor or working class people to one that is very expensive and popular with yuppies ╾ yup|pi|fi|ca|tion [ ,jʌpıfı keıʃn ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • yuppify — yup·pi·fy …   English syllables

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