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Contaminate vs. Pollute

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Contaminateverb

(transitive) To make something dangerous or toxic by introducing impurities or foreign matter.

‘This water is contaminated. It isn't safe to drink.’;

Polluteverb

(transitive) To make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted product.

‘The factory polluted the river when it cleaned its tanks.’;

Contaminateverb

(transitive) To soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association.

Polluteverb

(transitive) To make something or somewhere less suitable for some activity, especially by the introduction of some unnatural factor.

‘The lights from the stadium polluted the night sky, and we couldn't see the stars.’;

Contaminateverb

(transitive) To make unfit for use by the introduction of unwholesome or undesirable elements.

‘Do not contaminate the peanut butter with the jelly.’;

Polluteverb

(dated) To corrupt or profane

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Contaminateverb

To infect, often with bad objects

Polluteverb

To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonour.

Contaminateverb

To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to pollute; to defile.

‘Shall we nowContaminate our figures with base bribes?’; ‘I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated.’;

Polluteadjective

(rare) Polluted; defiled.

Contaminateadjective

Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted.

Polluteverb

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.’; ‘Wickedness . . . hath polluted the whole earth.’;

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Contaminateverb

make impure;

‘The industrial wastes polluted the lake’;

Polluteverb

To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor.

Contaminateverb

make radioactive by adding radioactive material;

‘Don't drink the water--it's contaminated’;

Polluteverb

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.’; ‘They have polluted themselves with blood.’;

Polluteadjective

Polluted.

Polluteverb

make impure;

‘The industrial wastes polluted the lake’;

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