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pollution

Line breaks: pol|lu¦tion
Pronunciation: /pəˈluːʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of pollution in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects: the level of pollution in the air is rising
More example sentences
  • 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.
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Origin

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

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