decontaminate

verb
de·​con·​tam·​i·​nate | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈta-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce decontaminate (audio) \
decontaminated; decontaminating; decontaminates

Definition of decontaminate

transitive verb

: to rid of contamination (such as radioactive material)

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Other Words from decontaminate

decontamination \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˌta-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce decontamination (audio) \ noun
decontaminator \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈta-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce decontaminator (audio) \ noun

Examples of decontaminate in a Sentence

Special workers were called in to decontaminate the area after the oil spill.

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Unlike a neat and tidy factory, where robots can be programmed to undertake repetitive tasks without any surprises, decontaminating an old nuclear site requires the ability to operate in an unstructured environment. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 20 June 2019 And what if those materials could be decontaminated and recycled, turned later into tweezers and surgical stitches? Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine," 25 June 2019 Unlike a neat and tidy factory, where robots can be programmed to undertake repetitive tasks without any surprises, decontaminating an old nuclear site requires the ability to operate in an unstructured environment. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 20 June 2019 The other workers were decontaminated on the scene and had no symptoms. CBS News, "Dozens of farmworkers in California vineyard exposed to pesticide," 19 June 2019 Unlike a neat and tidy factory, where robots can be programmed to undertake repetitive tasks without any surprises, decontaminating an old nuclear site requires the ability to operate in an unstructured environment. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 19 June 2019 According to Knudson, the amount of chlorine being used to decontaminate the water was slightly decreased. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019 Authorities say decontaminating rescue personnel and equipment took considerable time. Fox News, "Boy, 3, rescued from manure pit on farm," 20 May 2018 In a previous statement, police said there was no evidence that Sturgess or Rowley visited any of the sites that were decontaminated after the poisoning of the Skripals. NBC News, "British police determine source of nerve agent that poisoned couple," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of decontaminate

1936, in the meaning defined above

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decontaminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of decontaminate

: to remove dirty or dangerous substances (such as radioactive material) from (a person, thing, place, etc.)

decontaminate

transitive verb
de·​con·​tam·​i·​nate | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈtam-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce decontaminate (audio) \
decontaminated; decontaminating

Medical Definition of decontaminate

: to rid of contamination (as radioactive material)

Other Words from decontaminate

decontamination \ -​ˌtam-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce decontamination (audio) \ noun

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