Simple Definition of pollute
: to make (land, water, air, etc.) dirty and not safe or suitable to use
Full Definition of pollute
pollutiveplay \-ˈlü-tiv\ adjective
Examples of pollute in a sentence
Miles of beaches were polluted by the oil spill.
Car exhaust pollutes the air.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of pollute
POLLUTE Defined for Kids
Definition of pollute for Students
: to spoil or make impure especially with waste made by humans <Factories pollute the stream.>
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