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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Recent Examples on the Web

In one piece, Nuanced outsider, Yao considers the problem of ocean pollution with a striking visual: a bunch of moldering teddy bears. Marley Marius, Vogue, "At the Honolulu Biennial, Artist Amy Yao Examines Environments and Identity (With the Help of Some Algae)," 12 Mar. 2019 The ingredient is rich in anthocyanin, an antioxidant that helps your complexion recover from stress and pollution. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 Add to that the millions of tons of acidic pollution generated by conventional extraction methods, and the renewable energy industry doesn’t look so green anymore. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "We've Found a New Source for Rare-Earth Elements We Need for Green Tech," 7 Mar. 2019 The chemicals seep into soils, waterways, sediments and groundwater; some are incinerated, generating air pollution. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 According to Nolen these candles emit the type of particle pollution that could contribute to these dangerous side effects. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 Our most recent research shows that most of our state transportation funding goes towards roads and highway—projects that increase driving and climate pollution. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Libby says when used in skincare, rose water will help our skin combat harmful free radicals and damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and stress. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rose Water," 8 Feb. 2019 Automakers face pressure to invest large amounts of money in new technologies such as electric and autonomous cars to meet air pollution limits in Europe and China and fend off competition from tech companies such as Uber and Waymo. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain," 20 Feb. 2019

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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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