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
2 : pollutant

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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And, as a business, economics plays a major part in whether or not an item is actually recycled — not the environment, as plastics pollution expert Stiv Wilson recently told Teen Vogue). Teen Vogue, "Environmental Science Is Crucial to Combat Climate Change — So Why Isn't It a Mandatory Class?," 29 Apr. 2019 Just last fall, a global commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source was signed by over 250 organizations including L’Oreal and Unilever. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Big Beauty Brands That Are Tackling the Industry’s Plastic Problem," 22 Apr. 2019 Other threats include fishing nets, oil and gas development, pollution, and even being hit by ships — a whale was hit and killed by a ship in 2009. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered," 12 Apr. 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday outlined a plan to cut pollution and battle climate change, seeking alignment with the goals of the Green New Deal in his first major policy proposal. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Beto O’Rourke Aligns Himself With Green New Deal in First Major Policy Proposal," 29 Apr. 2019 Finally, ginger defends skin against external aggressors like pollution and is paired with vitamin C to even out hyperpigmentation and further brighten skin. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 Along with self-driving cars, flying cars are considered next-generation technology that could solve issues like traffic congestion and pollution. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Japan Is Asking Some Major Companies to Make Flying Cars Real," 24 Aug. 2018 Almost all of them promise to build aircraft that are battery electric to eliminate the noise and pollution typically associated with helicopters and jetliners. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric flight is coming, but the batteries aren’t ready," 14 Aug. 2018 Of course, the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanse is still all about antioxidant-rich blueberry extract, which is an antioxidant that helps protect skin from the damaging effects of pollution and UV rays. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Glow Recipe Launches Reformulated Version of Sold-Out Blueberry Bounce Cleanser," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of pollution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pollution

noun

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
2 : pollutant

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