fumigate
transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fumus + -igare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent Date: 1781 to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests • fumigation nounfumigator noun

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  • Fumigate — Fu mi*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fumigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fumigating}.] [L. fumigate, p. p. of fumigare to fumigate, fr. fumus smoke. See {Fume}, n.] 1. To apply smoke to; to expose to smoke or vapor; to purify, or free from infection, by the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fumigate — index decontaminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fumigate — (v.) 1520s, back formation from FUMIGATION (Cf. fumigation). Related: Fumigated; fumigating …   Etymology dictionary

  • fumigate — disinfect, sanitize, *sterilize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fumigate — [v] disinfect, ventilate air out, antisepticize, circulate, decontaminate, deodorize, fan, freshen, purify, sanitize, sterilize, vaporize; concepts 51,60 …   New thesaurus

  • fumigate — ► VERB ▪ disinfect or purify with the fumes of certain chemicals. DERIVATIVES fumigant noun fumigation noun fumigator noun. ORIGIN Latin fumigare, from fumus smoke …   English terms dictionary

  • fumigate — [fyo͞o′mə gāt΄] vt. fumigated, fumigating [< L fumigatus, pp. of fumigare, to smoke < fumus, smoke (see FUME) + agere, to do: see ACT1] 1. to expose to the action of fumes, esp. in order to disinfect or kill the vermin in 2. Archaic to… …   English World dictionary

  • fumigate — [[t]fju͟ːmɪgeɪt[/t]] fumigates, fumigating, fumigated VERB If you fumigate something, you get rid of germs or insects from it using special chemicals. [V n] I shall fumigate the greenhouse before planting the biannuals. Derived words: fumigation… …   English dictionary

  • fumigate — UK [ˈfjuːmɪɡeɪt] / US [ˈfjumɪˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms fumigate : present tense I/you/we/they fumigate he/she/it fumigates present participle fumigating past tense fumigated past participle fumigated to treat a place or object with… …   English dictionary

  • fumigate — fumigation, n. fumigatory /fyooh mi geuh tawr ee, tohr ee, gay teuh ree/, adj. /fyooh mi gayt /, v.t., fumigated, fumigating. to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc. [1520 30; < L fumigatus, ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • fumigate — fu•mi•gate [[t]ˈfyu mɪˌgeɪt[/t]] v. t. gat•ed, gat•ing chem. to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or in exterminating vermin • Etymology: 1520–30; < L fūmigātus, ptp. of fūmigāre to smoke, fumigate fu mi•ga′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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