pollution

noun
pol·​lu·​tion | \ pə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce pollution (audio) \

Definition of pollution

1 : the action of polluting especially by environmental contamination with man-made waste also : the condition of being polluted

Examples of pollution in a Sentence

industrial practices that have caused pollution of the air and water The tests showed high levels of pollution in the water. The fish are dying of pollution.
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Recent Examples on the Web Bolstered by the pandemic’s economic emergency, the EPA in March announced the agency would no longer be holding industry polluters to task for breaking pollution standards. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "It Will Take Years to Undo the Damage from Trump’s Environmental Rollback," 29 June 2020 But this year, the auction the state holds to sell pollution permits dropped from hundreds of millions of dollars to $25 million. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Big oil is headed back to court while Congress considers paying for its cleanup," 26 June 2020 Environmental officials have said toxic residue from the fireworks pose a pollution threat to the national memorial’s drinking water. Fredrick Kunkle, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual July 4 activities," 26 June 2020 Bayer also will pay as much as $820 million to settle toxic pollution claims and make a $400 million payment for farmers whose crops were damaged by its dicamba herbicide. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer agrees to pay $12 billion in legal settlements, in effort to put Roundup scandal behind it," 25 June 2020 The quotas will be phased in and by 2035 require most trucks in the state to produce no pollution at all. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "California adopts first-in-the-nation requirement that trucks be electric," 25 June 2020 Environmental officials have said toxic residue from the fireworks pose a pollution threat to the national memorial’s drinking water. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual for Fourth of July, GAO says," 25 June 2020 But the expansion is also bringing something else: unwanted sediment pollution into an ecologically sensitive area of the Cahaba River watershed. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Mercedes construction runoff muddies Cahaba tributary, Alabama warns," 24 June 2020 But there’s also never been a worse time to be surrounded by a miasma of particulate pollution that could trigger preexisting or new respiratory conditions. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "Saharan Dust Storms Are Giving Earth Life," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of pollution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jul 2020

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“Pollution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollution. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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pollution

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How to pronounce pollution (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pollution

: the action or process of making land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use
: substances that make land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use

pollution

noun
pol·​lu·​tion | \ pə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce pollution (audio) \

Kids Definition of pollution

: the action of making something impure and often unsafe or unsuitable for use : the state of being polluted

pollution

noun
pol·​lu·​tion | \ pə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce pollution (audio) \

Medical Definition of pollution

1 : the action of polluting or the condition of being polluted

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