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con·tam·i·nate

contaminate

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tae mih neIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: contaminates, contaminating, contaminated
definition: to make dirty, polluted, or not usable by touching or by adding something to.
Chemicals are contaminating the town's water supply.Put a bandage on that cut to keep it from being contaminated with germs.
synonyms:
foul, pollute
antonyms:
purify
similar words:
dirty, infect, poison, soil, spoil
derivations: contaminable (adj.), contaminated (adj.), contaminator (n.)
Word Builder: contaminate +
  • contaminated:
    ruined, dirty, or infected.