decontaminate


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de·con·tam·i·nate

 (dē′kən-tăm′ə-nāt′)
tr.v. de·con·tam·i·nat·ed, de·con·tam·i·nat·ing, de·con·tam·i·nates
1. To eliminate contamination in.
2. To make safe by eliminating poisonous or otherwise harmful substances, such as noxious chemicals or radioactive material.

de′con·tam′i·nant (-nənt) n.
de′con·tam′i·na′tion n.
de′con·tam′i·na′tor n.

decontaminate

(ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪˌneɪt)
vb
(Environmental Science) (tr) to render (an area, building, object, etc) harmless by the removal, distribution, or neutralization of poisons, radioactivity, etc
ˌdeconˈtaminant n
ˌdeconˌtamiˈnation n
ˌdeconˈtaminative adj
ˌdeconˈtamiˌnator n

de•con•tam•i•nate

(ˌdi kənˈtæm əˌneɪt)

v.t. -nated, -nat•ing.
1. to make (an object or area) safe by removing or neutralizing any harmful substance, as radioactive material or poisonous gas.
2. to free from contamination; purify.
[1935–40]
de`con•tam`i•na′tion, n.
de`con•tam′i•na`tive, adj.
de`con•tam′i•na`tor, n.

decontaminate


Past participle: decontaminated
Gerund: decontaminating

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
I decontaminated
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Present Continuous
I am decontaminating
you are decontaminating
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Present Perfect
I have decontaminated
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Past Continuous
I was decontaminating
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Past Perfect
I had decontaminated
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they had decontaminated
Future
I will decontaminate
you will decontaminate
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you will decontaminate
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Future Perfect
I will have decontaminated
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Future Continuous
I will be decontaminating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been decontaminating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been decontaminating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been decontaminating
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we had been decontaminating
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Conditional
I would decontaminate
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you would decontaminate
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Past Conditional
I would have decontaminated
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we would have decontaminated
you would have decontaminated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decontaminate - rid of contamination; "The soil around the housing development had to be decontaminated by the city"
cleanse, clean - clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
contaminate - make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"

decontaminate

verb sterilize, clean, cleanse, purify, make safe, disinfect, fumigate, deodorize, sanitize, disinfest procedures for decontaminating people affected by radiation
infect, contaminate, poison, pollute, infest

decontaminate

verb
To render free of microorganisms:
Translations

decontaminate

[ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪneɪt] VTdescontaminar

decontaminate

[ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪneɪt] vt [+ person, place] → décontaminer

decontaminate

vtentgiften, dekontaminieren; (from radioactivity) → entseuchen

decontaminate

[ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪˌneɪt] vtdecontaminare

decontaminate

vt. descontaminar, librar de contaminación.

decontaminate

vt descontaminar
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