contaminate con‧tam‧i‧nate [kənˈtæmneɪt] verb [transitive]
1. to make something dirty and dangerous, for example with chemicals or poison:

• A large number of eggs were contaminated with salmonella.

2. INSURANCE to spoil goods carried by a ship, especially by sea water getting into them
— contamination noun [uncountable] :

• The pollution could cause serious contamination of agricultural land.

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contaminate UK US /kənˈtæmɪneɪt/ verb [T] ENVIRONMENT
to make something less pure or make it poisonous: »

The government recently reported that 10% of farmland has been destroyed by pollution and that heavy metals contaminate 12 million tons of grain a year.


There are fears that exported products could contaminate food supplies abroad.

contamination noun [U]

The report concluded that bacterial contamination at the factory could occur no matter what technology was being used.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • contamination — I noun adulteration, corruption, debauchment, decay, defilement, degradation, despoilment, impureness, impurity, infection, pollution, vitiation II index air pollution, defilement, detriment, perversion …   Law dictionary

  • contamination — (n.) early 15c., from L. contaminationem (nom. contaminatio), noun of action from pp. stem of contaminare (see CONTAMINATE (Cf. contaminate)). Figurative sense is from c.1620; specifically of radioactivity from 1913 …   Etymology dictionary

  • contamination — [n] adulteration contagion, corruption, decay, defilement, dirtying, disease, epidemic, filth, foulness, impurity, infection, pestilence, plague, poisoning, pollution, radioactivation, rottenness, spoliation, taint; concepts 230,306,674 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • contamination — Contamination. s. f. v. Soüilleure. Il ne se dit que de soüilleures de la loy de Moyse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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