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"pollute" in British English

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polluteverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈluːt/
B2 to make an ​area or ​substance, usually ​air, ​water, or ​soil, ​dirty or ​harmful to ​people, ​animals, and ​plants, ​especially by ​addingharmfulchemicals: The ​pesticides used on many ​farms are polluting the ​watersupply. 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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(Definition of pollute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pollute" in American English

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polluteverb [T]

 us   /pəˈlut/
to make ​air, ​water, or ​earthdirty or ​harmful to ​people, ​animals, and ​plants, esp. by ​addingharmfulchemicals or ​waste: Chemical ​fertilizers and ​pesticides are polluting the groundwater.
pollutant
noun [C]  us   /pəˈlu·tənt/
Maybe there’s some ​kind of ​chemical pollutant in ​theirdrinkingwater.
(Definition of pollute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pollute" in Business English

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polluteverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pəˈluːt/
ENVIRONMENT to make water, the ​air, or ​landdirty 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 ​plantsbuilt after 2012 to be ​equipped with ​technology for ​capturing and ​storingcarbonemissions so that they will not pollute.
(Definition of pollute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pollute”
in Korean 오염시키다…
in Arabic يُلَوِّث…
in Malaysian mencemarkan…
in French polluer…
in Russian загрязнять (окружающую среду)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 污染…
in Italian inquinare…
in Turkish kirletmek, pisletmek…
in Polish zanieczyszczać…
in Spanish contaminar…
in Vietnamese ô nhiễm…
in Portuguese poluir…
in Thai ทำให้สกปรก…
in German verschmutzen…
in Catalan pol·luir, contaminar…
in Japanese ~を汚染する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 污染…
in Indonesian mencemari…
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