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Saltos de línea: con|tam¦in|ate
Pronunciación: /kənˈtamɪneɪt

Definición de contaminate en inglés:


[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
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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


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'.



Example sentences
  • A lab analysis of material from selected tanks shows the contaminants are primarily dirt and rust.
  • Groundwater pollution generally results from contaminants leaching through soils to underlying aquifers.
  • Polluted waters contain high concentrations of sewage contaminants known as faecal coliforms and faecal streptococci.


Pronunciación: /-ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • His team turned its attention to dioxin contamination from garbage incinerators.
  • Firstly, to leave the pollution there risks contamination of groundwater deep under the surface.
  • For example, repeated handwashing may follow from obsessions about dirt or contamination.


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.

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