Definition of fumigate in English:

fumigate

Line breaks: fu¦mi|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈfjuːmɪɡeɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Disinfect or purify (an area) with the fumes of certain chemicals: we got sulphur candles to fumigate the house
More 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

fumigant

noun
More 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.

fumigation

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More 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.

fumigator

noun
More 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.

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