Definition of pollute
- using language to deceive or mislead pollutes language
- —Linda C. Lederman
Miles of beaches were polluted by the oil spill.
Car exhaust pollutes the air.
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: to make (land, water, air, etc.) dirty and not safe or suitable to use
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