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decontaminate

verb

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to remove dirty or dangerous substances (such as radioactive material) from (a person, thing, place, etc.)
  • Special workers were called in to decontaminate the area after the oil spill.

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The first known use of decontaminate was in 1936

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“Decontaminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/decontaminate. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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