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Meaning of POLLUTE

Pronunciation:  pu'loot

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
 

POLLUTE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: contaminate, foul
 
 See Also: begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, infect, soil, taint

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pol*lute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polluted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Polluting}.] [L. pollutus, p. p. of polluere to
    defile, to pollute, from a prep. appearing only in comp. +
    luere to wash. See {Position}, {Lave}.]
    1. To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to
       soil; to desecrate; -- used of physical or moral
       defilement.
    
             The land was polluted with blood.     --Ps. cvi. 38
    
             Wickedness . . . hath polluted the whole earth. --2
                                                   Esd. xv. 6.
    
    2. To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor.
    
    3. (Jewish Law) To render ceremonially unclean; to disqualify
       or unfit for sacred use or service, or for social
       intercourse.
    
             Neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the
             children of Israel, lest ye die.      --Num. xviii.
                                                   32.
    
             They have polluted themselves with blood. --Lam. iv.
                                                   14.
    
    Syn: To defile; soil; contaminate; corrupt; taint; vitiate;
         debauch; dishonor; ravish.
    
    
  2. \Pol*lute"\, a. [L. pollutus.]
    Polluted. [R.] --Milton.
    
    
 
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