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contaminateverb [T]

uk   /kənˈtæm.ɪ.neɪt/ us   /kənˈtæm.ə.neɪt/
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   /kənˈtæm.ɪ.neɪ.tɪd/ us   /kənˈtæm.ə.neɪ.t̬ɪd/
The infection was probably caused by swimming in contaminated water/water contaminated with sewage.
contamination
noun [U] uk   /kənˌtæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us   /kənˌtæm.əˈneɪ.ʃən/
The water supply is being tested for contamination (= the presence of unwanted or dangerous substances).
(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 small organisms that contaminate food or water.
contaminated
adjective us   /kənˈtæm·əˌneɪ·t̬ɪd/
contaminated water
contamination
noun [U] us   /kənˌtæm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/
We discovered lead (= soft, gray metal ) contamination in the paint.
(Definition of contaminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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contaminateverb [T]

uk   /kənˈtæmɪneɪt/ us   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 exported products could contaminate food supplies abroad.
contamination
noun [U]
The report concluded 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 Vietnamese làm ô nhiễm…
in Spanish contaminar…
in Malaysian tercemar…
in Thai ปนเปื้อน…
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 Indonesian mencemari…
in Polish zanieczyszczać, skazić…
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