Definition of fumigate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞oməˌɡāt/


[with object]
Apply the fumes of certain chemicals to (an area) to disinfect it or to rid it of vermin.
Example sentences
  • But we have already taken action by fumigating the area to prevent new cases,’ Asep said.
  • Due to a lack of funding, the health office will only fumigate those areas where the disease has claimed lives.
  • Last year a record area was fumigated but there was a small increase in coca production.



Pronunciation: /-ɡənt/
Example sentences
  • Ethylene oxide is a disinfectant, fumigant, and sterilizer, and its derivatives have a wide range of industrial and commercial uses.
  • And it could serve as an alternative to methyl bromide and other soil fumigants typically used to sterilize old orchards before planting new trees.
  • In the past five years, nearly a million acres of land in Colombia has been blitzed and sterilized by pesticides and fumigants.


Pronunciation: /ˌfyo͞oməˈɡāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • ‘These fumigations are destroying our environment,’ he says, ‘because every time they fumigate fields, the peasants plant again on new land, and they're moving deeper into the jungles.’
  • To the international community the justification of the fumigations appear valid.
  • The local government has tried to prevent the spread of the disease by warning people about the dangers of dengue fever, fumigation, and eliminating mosquito-breeding places.


Pronunciation: /-ˌɡātər/
Example sentences
  • We don't need lawyers here; we need fumigators.
  • It's also much more expensive to clean up and much more damaging to the proprietor seen as they usually cannot use a room I've just vacated - not until the fumigators have finished anyway.
  • If you have a cockroach problem, call in a fumigator instead.


Mid 16th century (earlier (late Middle English) as fumigation, in the sense 'the action of perfuming'): from Latin fumigat- 'fumigated', from the verb fumigare, from fumus 'smoke'.

  • We would fumigate a room today if we wanted to disinfect it, but the earliest use was ‘to perfume’, of which it is also the root, from the same period, from the pleasant smell of incense. It comes ultimately from Latin fumus ‘smoke’, which also gives us fume (Late Middle English). See also funk

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Syllabification: fu·mi·gate

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