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contaminate

verb [T] uk   /kənˈtæm.ɪ.neɪt/ us  
to make something less pure or make it poisonous: Much of the coast has been contaminated by nuclear waste. The food which had been contaminated was destroyed.
contaminated
adjective uk   /-neɪ.tɪd/ us    /-neɪ.t̬ɪd/
The infection was probably caused by swimming in contaminated water/water contaminated with sewage.
contamination
noun [U] uk   /kənˌtæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  
The water supply is being tested for contamination (= the presence of unwanted or dangerous substances).
Translations of “contaminate”
in Spanish contaminar…
in French contaminer…
in German verseuchen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 污染, 弄髒, 毒害…
in Russian загрязнять…
in Turkish kirletmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 污染, 弄脏, 毒害…
in Polish zanieczyszczać, skazić…
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