Definition of contaminate
- Bacteria contaminated the wound.
- iron contaminated with phosphorus
- water contaminated by sewage
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Be careful not to allow bacteria to contaminate the wound.
Don't touch the microchip or the oil on your hands will contaminate it.
Make sure the white paint is not contaminated by any of the other colors.
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: to make (something) dangerous, dirty, or impure by adding something harmful or undesirable to it
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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