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v. fu·mi·gat·ed, fu·mi·gat·ing, fu·mi·gates
To subject to smoke or fumes, especially of certain chemicals, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
To employ smoke or fumes in order to exterminate or disinfect.

[Latin fūmigāre, fūmigāt-, to smoke : fūmus, smoke + agere, to drive, make; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

fu′mi·ga′tion n.
fu′mi·ga′tor n.
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(ˈfyu mɪˌgeɪ tər)

1. a person or thing that fumigates.
2. a structure in which plants are fumigated to destroy insects.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fumigator - someone whose job is to fumigate
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
2.fumigator - a device that generates a gas for the purpose of disinfecting or eradicating pests
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
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These are foul, and I'll take them--if I am not first tempted to break the head of Mr Dolls with the fumigator. Can you get the direction?
He worked full-time as a fumigator for the Department of Agriculture and worked in agriculture during his vacations.
Why, I'd have to call in the fumigator. Would cost me dear, too.
But the new president kicked over the narcotics beehive with neither a fumigator nor protective netting on hand.
Yesterday she proved her point by hiring a fumigator to exterminate the fleas that plague the Chelsea mansion she won back from the bedraggled rocker after their divorce.
He was especially hard on Garcia Marquez, "one of the greatest writers of our time," who had helped Padilla get out of the country alive but who was otherwise complicit in his buddy Fidel's dictatorship, even disgusting in "his public eulogies with their byzantine hyperbole." Timerman identified with an ex-journalist who preferred to work as a fumigator instead of a reporter: "He'd rather poison garden insects than Cuban minds."
But before moving in, she hired a fumigator to exterminate the plague of fleas that she claims he left behind.