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Meaning of CONTAMINATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]kun'tamunit, [v]kun'tamu`neyt, kun'tami`neyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
  2. [v]  make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"
 

CONTAMINATE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: foul, pollute
 
 Antonyms: decontaminate
 
 See Also: alter, begrime, bemire, change, colly, dirty, grime, infect, soil, taint

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Con*tam"i*nate\ (k[o^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t), v. t.
    [imp. & p. p. {Contaminated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Contaminating}.] [L. contaminatus, p. p. of contaminare to
    bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion,
    for contagmen; con- + root of tangere to touch. See
    {Contact}.]
    To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully;
    to taint; to pollute; to defile.
    
          Shall we now Contaminate our figures with base bribes?
                                                   --Shak.
    
          I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor
          virtue contaminated.                     --Goldsmith.
    
    Syn: To pollute; defile; sully; taint; tarnish; soil; stain;
         corrupt.
    
    
  2. \Con*tam"i*nate\ (-n[asl]t), a.
    Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted. ``Contaminate
    drink.'' --Daniel.
    
    
 
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