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pollute

pol·lute

pollute

 
 
pronunciation:
p lut
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: polluted, pollutes, polluting
definition 1: to make dirty, unpleasant, or unhealthy, esp. by infusing with waste material.
The factory emissions polluted the air.The company polluted the river by dumping its waste there for years.
 
synonyms:
befoul, contaminate, defile, foul, poison, taint
antonyms:
clear, purify
similar words:
begrime, blight, corrupt, dirty, rot, soil, sully
definition 2: to cause to become immoral or impure; taint.
Excessive violence on television may pollute young minds.
synonyms:
corrupt, debauch, deprave, pervert
antonyms:
purify
similar words:
debase, defile, foul, infect, rot, sully, taint
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make water, air, landscape, or the like dirty, unpleasant, or unhealthy, esp. by infusing with waste material.
Those who pollute should pay.
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derivation: polluter (n.)
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  • polluted:
    made dirty by pollution.
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