fumigate

verb
fu·mi·gate | \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt \
fumigated; fumigating

Definition of fumigate 

transitive verb

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

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Other words from fumigate

fumigation \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən \ noun
fumigator \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgā-tər \ noun

Examples of fumigate in a Sentence

All the hospital rooms had to be fumigated. We had to fumigate our apartment to get rid of the ants.

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Sometimes, owners neglect to clean — or fumigate — the home. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "How to handle a vacation rental disaster," 20 May 2018 While the accord says the government should co-operate with farmers to replace coca, the raw material for cocaine, with legal crops, Mr Duque wants to return to the practice, ended by Mr Santos, of fumigating coca from the air. The Economist, "Colombia’s new president will struggle to heal his country’s divisions," 21 June 2018 In a history of the American gas chamber, Scott Christianson states that the fumigating agent Zyklon-B, which was licensed to American Cyanamid by the German company I. G. Farben, was considered as a lethal agent but found to be impractical. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 The United States has spent more than a billion dollars on fighting Colombian cocaine by fumigating crops and trying to force farmers to plant substitutes for coca. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Washington's war on drugs is failing. Does this former guerrilla have the answer? | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 The management company then sent someone to fumigate the apartment, blanketing it in white powder. BostonGlobe.com, "California family fets $1.6 million after 3-year-old was scarred by bedbugs," 5 Apr. 2018 The Lost Keith Haring Mural in Manhattan Zika Looms Port-au-Prince, Haiti—Government health workers fumigate the streets of Haiti’s capital on September 7 in an effort to stop the spread of mosquitoes that carry Zika and other diseases. Newsweek, "December 02 Issue," 2 Dec. 2017 The shipment containing snails was fumigated, the release said. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Customs officials find snails, fungus never before seen in U.S.," 27 Feb. 2018 The AT&T Center has been cleaned and fumigated after its three-week stand as a barnyard. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As Spurs limp into March, a different kind of stretch run," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fumigate

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fumigate

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

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fumigate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fumigate

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

fumigate

transitive verb
fu·mi·gate | \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt \
fumigated; fumigating

Medical Definition of fumigate 

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

Other words from fumigate

fumigation \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən \ noun
fumigator \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt-ər \ noun

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