Pollute

  • 1 Pollute — Pol*lute , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polluted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polluting}.] [L. pollutus, p. p. of polluere to defile, to pollute, from a prep. appearing only in comp. + luere to wash. See {Position}, {Lave}.] 1. To make foul, impure, or unclean; to …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pollute — UK US /pəˈluːt/ verb [I or T] ► 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… …

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  • 3 pollute — ► VERB 1) contaminate with harmful or poisonous substances. 2) corrupt. DERIVATIVES pollutant adjective & noun polluter noun pollution noun. ORIGIN Latin polluere pollute, defile …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 pollute — [pə lo͞ot′] vt. polluted, polluting [ME poluten < L pollutus, pp. of polluere, to pollute < * por , for per , intens. + luere, to soil < IE base * leu , dirt > Gr lyma, dirt] 1. to make unclean, impure, or corrupt; defile; dirty 2. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Pollute — Pol*lute , a. [L. pollutus.] Polluted. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 pollute — I verb adulterate, alloy, befoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, bespatter, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, degrade, denaturalize, deprave, desecrate, destroy, dirty, dishonor, filthify, foul, grime, impair, infect, maculate, make foul …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 pollute — (v.) late 14c., defile, from L. pollutus, pp. of polluere (see POLLUTION (Cf. pollution)). Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning contaminate the environment first recorded 1954 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 pollute — *contaminate, defile, taint, attaint Analogous words: *debase, vitiate, corrupt, deprave, pervert: *abuse, outrage, mistreat: profane, desecrate, blaspheme (see corresponding nouns at PROFANATION) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 pollute — [v] make dirty; corrupt adulterate, alloy, befoul, besmirch, contaminate, debase, debauch, defile, deprave, desecrate, dirty, dishonor, foul, infect, make filthy, mar, poison, profane, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, violate; concepts 246,254… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 pollute — verb 1) fish farms will pollute the lake Syn: contaminate, adulterate, taint, poison, foul, dirty, soil, infect; literary befoul Ant: purify 2) propaganda polluted this nation Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 pollute — verb (T) 1 to make air, water, soil etc dangerously dirty and not suitable for people to use: beaches polluted by raw sewage | industrial emissions that pollute the air 2 pollute sb s mind to give someone immoral thoughts and spoil their… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 pollute — polluter, n. pollutive, adj. /peuh looht /, v.t., polluted, polluting. 1. to make foul or unclean, esp. with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty: to pollute the air with smoke. 2. to make morally unclean; defile. 3. to render ceremonially… …

    Universalium

  • 13 pollute — verb Pollute is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑waste Pollute is used with these nouns as the object: ↑air, ↑atmosphere, ↑environment, ↑stream, ↑water …

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  • 14 pollute — pol|lute [pəˈlu:t] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of polluere] 1.) to make air, water, soil etc dangerously dirty and not suitable for people to use ▪ beaches polluted by raw sewage ▪ The factory pollutes the air and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pollute —    to affect in a taboo manner    Literally, to corrupt or make dirty. To pollute yourself is to masturbate, while to pollute a female was to copulate with her extramaritally.    Polluted may describe being drunk or under illegal narcotic… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 16 pollute */ — UK [pəˈluːt] / US [pəˈlut] verb [transitive] Word forms pollute : present tense I/you/we/they pollute he/she/it pollutes present participle polluting past tense polluted past participle polluted 1) to make air, water, or land too dirty and… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 pollute — pol•lute [[t]pəˈlut[/t]] v. t. lut•ed, lut•ing 1) ecl to make foul or unclean, esp. with harmful chemical or waste products; contaminate: to pollute the air with smoke[/ex] 2) to make impure or morally unclean; defile; debase: to pollute the mind …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 pollute — [[t]pəlu͟ːt[/t]] pollutes, polluting, polluted VERB To pollute water, air, or land means to make it dirty and dangerous to live in or to use, especially with poisonous chemicals or sewage. [V n] Heavy industry pollutes our rivers with noxious… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 pollute — verb 1》 contaminate (water, the air, etc.) with harmful or poisonous substances. 2》 defile or corrupt. Derivatives pollutant adjective &noun polluter noun pollution noun Origin ME: from L. pollut , polluere pollute, defile , based on the root of… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 pollute — transitive verb (polluted; polluting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere, from por (akin to Latin per through) + luere (akin to Latin lutum mud, Greek lyma dirt, defilement) more at for Date: 14th century… …

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