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contaminateverb [T]

uk   us   /kənˈtæm.ɪ.neɪt/
to make something less ​pure or make it ​poisonous: Much of the ​coast has been contaminated by ​nuclearwaste. The ​food which had been contaminated was ​destroyed.
contaminated
adjective uk   /-neɪ.tɪd/  us   /-neɪ.t̬ɪd/
The ​infection was ​probablycaused by ​swimming in contaminated ​water/​water contaminated withsewage.
contamination
noun [U] uk   us   /kənˌtæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/
The ​watersupply is being ​tested for contamination (= the ​presence of ​unwanted or ​dangeroussubstances).
(Definition of contaminate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contaminateverb [T]

 us   /kənˈtæm·əˌneɪt/
to make something less ​pure or make it ​poisonous: The ​disease can be caused by a ​variety of ​viruses, ​bacteria, and other ​smallorganisms that contaminate ​food or ​water.
contaminated
adjective  us   /kənˈtæm·əˌneɪ·t̬ɪd/
contaminated ​water
contamination
noun [U]  us   /kənˌtæm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/
We ​discoveredlead (= ​soft, ​graymetal ) contamination in the ​paint.
(Definition of contaminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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contaminateverb [T]

uk   us   /kənˈtæmɪneɪt/ ENVIRONMENT
to make something less pure or make it poisonous: The ​government recently ​reported that 10% of farmland has been destroyed by ​pollution and that ​heavy metals contaminate 12 million ​tons of ​grain a ​year. There are fears that ​exportedproducts could contaminate ​foodsupplies abroad.
contamination
noun [U]
The ​reportconcluded that bacterial contamination at the ​factory could occur no matter what ​technology was being used.
(Definition of contaminate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “contaminate”
in Spanish contaminar…
in Vietnamese làm ô nhiễm…
in Malaysian tercemar…
in Thai ปนเปื้อน…
in French contaminer…
in German verseuchen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 污染, 弄脏, 毒害…
in Turkish kirletmek…
in Russian загрязнять…
in Indonesian mencemari…
in Chinese (Traditional) 污染, 弄髒, 毒害…
in Polish zanieczyszczać, skazić…
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