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contaminate Line breaks: con|tam¦in|ate
Pronunciation: /kənˈtamɪneɪt/

Definition of contaminate in English:


[with object]
Make (something) impure by exposure to or addition of a poisonous or polluting substance: the site was found to be contaminated by radioactivity figurative celebrity has contaminated every aspect of public life (as adjective contaminated) contaminated blood products
More example sentences
  • Apparently parents emit poisonous substances which contaminate their kids in much the same way that humans pollute the environment.
  • They added somebody stealing food can be jailed while those who poison people by contaminating food can get away scot free.
  • Groundwater will be polluted, which would contaminate drinking water.
make impure, defile, debase, corrupt, taint, infect, blight, foul, spoil, soil, mar, impair, stain, befoul;
formal vitiate


Example sentences
  • ‘Moisture is considered an oil contaminator, just like metal particles,’ Urbano continues.
  • This cleaning system is designed to safely and easily remove these contaminators from all your input devices.
  • It is not suitable for recycled aggregates because these may also contain inorganic contaminators.


Late Middle English: from Latin contaminat- 'made impure', from the verb contaminare, from contamen 'contact, pollution', from con- 'together with' + the base of tangere 'to touch'.

  • contact from early 17th century:

    Contact and contagion (Late Middle English) both go back to Latin contingere ‘touched’ formed from con- ‘with’ and tangere ‘touch’. Contaminate (Late Middle English) is related.

Words that rhyme with contaminate

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