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contaminate

Syllabification: con·tam·i·nate
Pronunciation: /kənˈtaməˌnāt
 
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Definition of contaminate in English:

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
defile, debase, corrupt, taint, infect, foul, spoil, soil, stain, sully;
literary befoul

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'.

More
  • 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.

Derivatives

contaminant

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈtamənənt/
noun
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.

contamination

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌtaməˈnāSHən/
noun
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

3
Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with contaminate

laminate

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