pol·​lut·​ing pə-ˈlü-tiŋ How to pronounce polluting (audio)
: causing pollution
… a region that has been dependent upon basic industries such as coal mining and metal work—relatively polluting industries.Patricia L. Layman
The recycling process itself can be polluting. Recyclers find it difficult to separate recyclable from nonrecyclable plastics, which causes the end product to be useless.Sally Hayhow Cullen

Examples of polluting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In late March, fuel analysts attributed some of the increase in prices to the annual transition from winter-blend gasoline to California’s summer blend, which is less polluting but more expensive. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2024 Global capacity to generate power from coal, one of the most polluting fossil fuels, grew in 2023, driven by a wave of new plants coming online in China that coincided with a slowing pace of retirements of older plants in the United States and Europe, according to an annual report. Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 Fuel analysts have attributed the recent run-up mostly to the annual transition from winter-blend gasoline to California’s summer blend that is less polluting but more expensive, which means refineries reduce production to make the switch. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024 Ultimately, unsold inventory remains one of the most polluting elements of the fashion industry, with 30% of clothes ending up in landfills, burned and releasing methane in the atmosphere. Clara Ludmir, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Taking on the challenge of establishing a less polluting economy will allow the U.S. to take a larger leadership role as these technologies develop and scale. Ed Farrington, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 To this day, energy generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, is still primarily used due to its affordability and reliability, despite being extremely polluting. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 Among the world’s most polluting industries, fashion accounts for between 3% and 5% of global carbon emissions, according to consultancy McKinsey’s State of Fashion report. Oscar Holland, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 Combined, the two rules would eliminate the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions generated over two years by all sectors of the economy in the United States, the second-biggest polluting country on the planet after China. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polluting was in 1598

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“Polluting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polluting. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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