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con·tam·i·nate

 (kən-tăm′ə-nāt′)
tr.v. con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing, con·tam·i·nates
1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
3. Linguistics To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with: The Middle English word femelle was contaminated by the word male, resulting in the modern form female.
n. (-nĭt)
One that contaminates; a contaminant.

[Middle English contaminaten, from Latin contāmināre, contāmināt-; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tam′i·na′tive adj.
con·tam′i·na′tor n.
Synonyms: contaminate, befoul, foul, poison, pollute, taint
These verbs mean to make dirty or impure: Pesticides contaminated the lake. Mud befouled his shoes. Noxious fumes foul the air. Farm runoff poisoned the fish. Exhaust polluted the air. Improper storage tainted the food.

contaminate

vb (tr)
1. to make impure, esp by touching or mixing; pollute
2. (Nuclear Physics) to make radioactive by the addition of radioactive material
adj
archaic contaminated
[C15: from Latin contamināre to defile; related to Latin contingere to touch]
conˈtaminable adj
conˈtaminant n
conˈtaminative adj
conˈtamiˌnator n

con•tam•i•nate

(v. kənˈtæm əˌneɪt; n., adj. -nɪt, -ˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
n., adj. v.t.
1. to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with something unclean, bad, etc.; pollute; taint: to contaminate a lake with sewage.
2. to render harmful or unusable by adding radioactive material to.
n.
3. something that contaminates or carries contamination; contaminant.
adj.
4. Obs. contaminated.
[1375–1425; < Latin contāminātus, past participle of contāmināre to defile, spoil]
con•tam′i•na`tive, adj.
con•tam′i•na`tor, n.

con·tam·i·nate

(kən-tăm′ə-nāt′)
1. To make impure or unclean by mixture or contact.
2. To cause something to become dangerously radioactive.

contaminate

contaminate


Past participle: contaminated
Gerund: contaminating

Imperative
contaminate
contaminate
Present
I contaminate
you contaminate
he/she/it contaminates
we contaminate
you contaminate
they contaminate
Preterite
I contaminated
you contaminated
he/she/it contaminated
we contaminated
you contaminated
they contaminated
Present Continuous
I am contaminating
you are contaminating
he/she/it is contaminating
we are contaminating
you are contaminating
they are contaminating
Present Perfect
I have contaminated
you have contaminated
he/she/it has contaminated
we have contaminated
you have contaminated
they have contaminated
Past Continuous
I was contaminating
you were contaminating
he/she/it was contaminating
we were contaminating
you were contaminating
they were contaminating
Past Perfect
I had contaminated
you had contaminated
he/she/it had contaminated
we had contaminated
you had contaminated
they had contaminated
Future
I will contaminate
you will contaminate
he/she/it will contaminate
we will contaminate
you will contaminate
they will contaminate
Future Perfect
I will have contaminated
you will have contaminated
he/she/it will have contaminated
we will have contaminated
you will have contaminated
they will have contaminated
Future Continuous
I will be contaminating
you will be contaminating
he/she/it will be contaminating
we will be contaminating
you will be contaminating
they will be contaminating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contaminating
you have been contaminating
he/she/it has been contaminating
we have been contaminating
you have been contaminating
they have been contaminating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contaminating
you will have been contaminating
he/she/it will have been contaminating
we will have been contaminating
you will have been contaminating
they will have been contaminating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contaminating
you had been contaminating
he/she/it had been contaminating
we had been contaminating
you had been contaminating
they had been contaminating
Conditional
I would contaminate
you would contaminate
he/she/it would contaminate
we would contaminate
you would contaminate
they would contaminate
Past Conditional
I would have contaminated
you would have contaminated
he/she/it would have contaminated
we would have contaminated
you would have contaminated
they would have contaminated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contaminate - make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
infect, taint - contaminate with a disease or microorganism
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil - make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
2.contaminate - make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
decontaminate - rid of contamination; "The soil around the housing development had to be decontaminated by the city"

contaminate

verb pollute, infect, stain, corrupt, taint, sully, defile, adulterate, befoul, soil The fishing waters have been contaminated with toxic wastes.
clean, cleanse, purify, sterilize, disinfect, fumigate, decontaminate, deodorize, sanitize

contaminate

verb
1. To make physically impure:
2. To make morally impure:
Translations
يُفْسِد ، يُلَوِّث
znečistitkontaminovat
forurenekontaminere
pilatasaastuttaa
spilla, menga
užteršimasužteršti
aptraipītinficētsaindēt

contaminate

[kənˈtæmɪneɪt] VT
1. (lit) → contaminar
to be contaminated bycontaminarse con or de
2. (fig) → corromper, contaminar

contaminate

[kənˈtæmɪneɪt] vtcontaminer

contaminate

vtverunreinigen, verschmutzen; (= poison)vergiften; (radioactivity)verseuchen, kontaminieren (spec); (fig) mindverderben; the oranges were contaminated by poisonin den Orangen befanden sich Giftstoffe

contaminate

[kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt] vtcontaminare

contaminate

(kənˈtӕmineit) verb
to make impure. The town's water-supply has been contaminated by chemicals from the factory.
conˌtamiˈnation noun

con·tam·i·nate

v. contaminar, infectar.

contaminate

vt contaminar
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