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pollute

verb pol·lute \pə-ˈlüt\

: to make (land, water, air, etc.) dirty and not safe or suitable to use

pol·lut·edpol·lut·ing

Full Definition of POLLUTE

transitive verb
1
a :  to make ceremonially or morally impure :  defile
b :  debase 1 <using language to deceive or mislead pollutes language — Linda C. Lederman>
2
a :  to make physically impure or unclean :  befoul, dirty
b :  to contaminate (an environment) especially with man-made waste
pol·lut·er noun
pol·lut·ive \-ˈlü-tiv\ adjective

Examples of POLLUTE

  1. Miles of beaches were polluted by the oil spill.
  2. Car exhaust pollutes the air.

Origin of POLLUTE

Middle English, from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere, from por- (akin to Latin per through) + -luere (akin to Latin lutum mud, Greek lyma dirt, defilement) — more at for
First Known Use: 14th century

pollute

transitive verb pol·lute \pə-ˈlüt\   (Medical Dictionary)
pol·lut·edpol·lut·ing

Medical Definition of POLLUTE

1
:  to make physically impure or unclean
2
:  to contaminate (an environment) especially with man-made waste
pol·lut·er noun
pol·lut·ive \-ˈlüt-iv\ adjective

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