Definition of pollution in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/


The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects: the level of pollution in the air is rising
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  • Insidious pollution of the soil is the main cause of extinction of plant species in the UK.
  • People move or reduce physical activities when air pollution becomes intolerable.
  • This is a wasteful process causing a net loss of nitrogen to the animal and pollution of the environment.
contamination, adulteration, impurity;
dirt, filth, toxins, infection;


Late Middle English: from Latin pollutio(n-), from the verb polluere (see pollute).

Words that rhyme with pollution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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Syllabification: pol·lu·tion

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