Definition of contaminate in English:

contaminate

Syllabification: con·tam·i·nate
Pronunciation: /kənˈtaməˌnāt
 
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verb

[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.
    Synonyms
    pollute, adulterate; defile, debase, corrupt, taint, infect, foul, spoil, soil, stain, sully; poison
    literary befoul

Derivatives

contaminant

Pronunciation: /-ˈtamənənt/
noun
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  • 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.

contamination

Pronunciation: /-ˌtaməˈnāSHən/
noun
More 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.

contaminator

Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
noun
More 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.

Origin

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'.

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