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Definition of contaminate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    contaminate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//kənˈtæməˌneɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contaminate
     
    he / she / it contaminates
     
    past simple contaminated
     
    -ing form contaminating
     
     
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  1. 1 contaminate something (with something) to make a substance or place dirty or no longer pure by adding a substance that is dangerous or carries disease synonym adulterate The drinking water has become contaminated with lead. contaminated blood/food/soil a river contaminated by pollution
  2. 2contaminate something (formal) to influence people's ideas or attitudes in a bad way They were accused of contaminating the minds of our young people. see also uncontaminated
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NAmE//kənˌtæməˈneɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] radioactive contamination see also cross-contamination
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