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contaminate

con·tam·i·nate

contaminate

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tae mih neIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Builder
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: contaminated, contaminates, contaminating
definition: to make impure or unusable by contact or by adding a harmful substance.
Chemicals are contaminating the water supply.
synonyms:
corrupt, defile, foul, pollute, taint
antonyms:
purify, sterilize
similar words:
adulterate, befoul, dirty, infect, poison, soil, spoil, sully, vitiate
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derivations: contaminable (adj.), contaminated (adj.), contaminator (n.)
Word Builder: contaminate +
  • contaminated:
    ruined, dirty, or infected.