Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pollute”

See all translations

pollute

verb [I or T]
 
 
/pəˈluːt/
ENVIRONMENT to make water, the air, or land dirty and not safe for people, animals, and plants, especially with waste or chemicals: You don't need to pollute the planet to grow your economy. He expects coal plants built after 2012 to be equipped with technology for capturing and storing carbon emissions so that they will not pollute.
Translations of “pollute”
in Korean 오염시키다…
in Arabic يُلَوِّث…
in French polluer…
in Turkish kirletmek, pisletmek…
in Italian inquinare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 污染…
in Russian загрязнять (окружающую среду)…
in Polish zanieczyszczać…
in Spanish contaminar…
in Portuguese poluir…
in German verschmutzen…
in Catalan pol·luir, contaminar…
in Japanese ~を汚染する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 污染…
(Definition of pollute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pollute?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pollute” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More