contaminate

  • 1 contaminate — con‧tam‧i‧nate [kənˈtæmneɪt] verb [transitive] 1. to make something dirty and dangerous, for example with chemicals or poison: • A large number of eggs were contaminated with salmonella. 2. INSURANCE to spoil goods carried by a ship, especially… …

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  • 2 Contaminate — Con*tam i*nate (k[o^]n*t[a^]m [i^]*n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contaminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contaminating}.] [L. contaminatus, p. p. of contaminare to bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion, for contagmen; con + root of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 contaminate — contaminate, taint, attaint, pollute, defile mean to debase by making impure or unclean. Contaminate implies the presence or the influence of something external which by entering into or by coming in contact with a thing destroys or may destroy… …

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  • 4 Contaminate — Con*tam i*nate ( n[asl]t), a. Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted. Contaminate drink. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 contaminate — [kən tam′ə nāt΄] vt. contaminated, contaminating [ME contaminaten < L contaminatus, pp. of contaminare, to defile < contamen, contact, contagion < com , together + base of tangere, to touch: see TACT] to make impure, infected, corrupt,… …

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  • 6 contaminate — I noun abomination, adulteration, befoulment, contagion, defilement, infection, poisoning, pollution, taint, vitiation II verb adulterate, befoul, corrupt, debase, defile, degenerate, degrade, denaturalize, desecrate, disease, impair, infect, mar …

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  • 7 contaminate — (v.) early 15c., from O.Fr. contaminer, from L. contaminatus, pp. of contaminare to defile, from contamen contact, pollution, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + *tag , base of tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 contaminate — [v] adulterate alloy, befoul, corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, deprave, desecrate, dirty, harm, infect, injure, muck up, pervert, poison, pollute, profane, radioactivate, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, vitiate; concepts 252,254 Ant.… …

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  • 9 contaminate — ► VERB ▪ make impure by exposure to or addition of a poisonous or polluting substance. DERIVATIVES contaminant noun contamination noun contaminator noun. ORIGIN Latin contaminare make impure , from contamen contact, pollution …

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  • 10 contaminate — v. (D; tr.) to contaminate by, with (to contaminate smb. with smt; a wound contaminated by bacteria) * * * [kən tæmɪneɪt] with (to contaminate smt with smt; a wound contaminated by bacteria) contemplate y. (G) he contaminated resigning (D; tr.)… …

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  • 11 contaminate — transitive verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin contaminatus, past participle of contaminare; akin to Latin contingere to have contact with more at contingent Date: 15th century 1. a. to soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by… …

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  • 12 contaminate — UK [kənˈtæmɪneɪt] / US [kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms contaminate : present tense I/you/we/they contaminate he/she/it contaminates present participle contaminating past tense contaminated past participle contaminated 1) to make… …

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  • 13 contaminate — contaminable, adj. contaminative, adj. contaminator, n. contaminous, adj. v. /keuhn tam euh nayt /; n., adj. /keuhn tam euh nit, nayt /, v., contaminated, contaminating, n., adj. v.t. 1. to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with… …

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  • 14 contaminate — verb Contaminate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑waste Contaminate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑food, ↑water …

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  • 15 contaminate — [15] Contaminate appears to come from the same ultimate source as contact, a base *tag ‘touch’, which produced the Latin verb tangere ‘touch’ (whence English tactile, tangent, and tangible). It seems also to have formed the basis of a compound… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 contaminate — [15] Contaminate appears to come from the same ultimate source as contact, a base *tag ‘touch’, which produced the Latin verb tangere ‘touch’ (whence English tactile, tangent, and tangible). It seems also to have formed the basis of a compound… …

    Word origins

  • 17 contaminate — verb To introduce impurities or foreign matter; to soil or defile. Do not contaminate the peanut butter with the jelly. See Also: contaminable, contamination, contaminative …

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  • 18 contaminate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. corrupt, infect, taint, pollute, soil; defile, sully, befoul, stain, dirty; debauch, deprave, degrade. See deterioration, uncleanness.Ant., purify. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. taint, pollute, defile,… …

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  • 19 contaminate — con|tam|i|nate [ kən tæmı,neıt ] verb transitive 1. ) to make something dirty, polluted, or poisonous by adding a chemical, waste, or infection: Industrial sewage continues to contaminate our beaches. 2. ) to affect something or someone in a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 contaminate — verb (T) 1 to make a place or substance dirty and dangerous by adding something to it, for example chemicals or poison: fears that dumped waste might contaminate water supplies 2 to influence something in a way that has a bad effect contamination …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English