fumigate

verb fu·mi·gate \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of fumigate

fumigated; fumigating
transitive verb
: to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests

fumigation

play \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

fumigator

play \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of fumigate in a Sentence

  1. All the hospital rooms had to be fumigated.

  2. We had to fumigate our apartment to get rid of the ants.

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Origin and Etymology of fumigate

Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fumus + -igare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent


FUMIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

fumigate

verb

Definition of fumigate for English Language Learners

  • : to remove germs, insects, etc., from (a room or building) with smoke or gas that destroys them


Medical Dictionary

fumigate

transitive verb fu·mi·gate \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of fumigate

fumigated; fumigating
: to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests

fumigation

play \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

fumigator

play \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt-ər\ noun


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