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polluteverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈluːt/
B2 to make an area or substance, usually air, water, or earth, dirty or harmful to people, animals, and plants, especially by adding harmful chemicals: The pesticides used on many farms are polluting the water supply. We won't invest in any company that pollutes the environment.figurative Many complain that broadcasters pollute the airwaves with sensationalism and sleaze.
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in Arabic يُلَوِّث…
in Korean 오염시키다…
in Malaysian mencemarkan…
in French polluer…
in Turkish kirletmek, pisletmek…
in Italian inquinare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 污染…
in Russian загрязнять (окружающую среду)…
in Polish zanieczyszczać…
in Vietnamese ô nhiễm…
in Spanish contaminar…
in Portuguese poluir…
in Thai ทำให้สกปรก…
in German verschmutzen…
in Catalan pol·luir, contaminar…
in Japanese ~を汚染する…
in Indonesian mencemari…
in Chinese (Simplified) 污染…
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