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Definition of pollute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pollute

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈluːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pollute
BrE BrE//pəˈluːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːt//
 
he / she / it pollutes
BrE BrE//pəˈluːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːts//
 
past simple polluted
BrE BrE//pəˈluːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːtɪd//
 
past participle polluted
BrE BrE//pəˈluːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːtɪd//
 
-ing form polluting
BrE BrE//pəˈluːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːtɪŋ//
 
Waste and pollution
 
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to add dirty or harmful substances to land, air, water, etc. so that it is no longer pleasant or safe to use pollute something the exhaust fumes that are polluting our cities pollute something by/with something The river has been polluted with toxic waste from local factories. (figurative) a society polluted by racism CollocationsThe environmentEnvironmental damage cause/​contribute to climate change/​global warming produce pollution/​CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/​destroy the environment/​a marine ecosystem/​the ozone layer/​coral reefs degrade ecosystems/​habitats/​the environment harm the environment/​wildlife/​marine life threaten natural habitats/​coastal ecosystems/​a species with extinction deplete natural resources/​the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/​waterways/​the air/​the atmosphere/​the environment/​oceans contaminate groundwater/​the soil/​food/​crops log forests/​rainforests/​treesProtecting the environment address/​combat/​tackle the threat/​effects/​impact of climate change fight/​take action on/​reduce/​stop global warming limit/​curb/​control air/​water/​atmospheric/​environmental pollution cut/​reduce pollution/​greenhouse gas emissions offset carbon/​CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/​promote sustainable development preserve/​conserve biodiversity/​natural resources protect endangered species/​a coastal ecosystem prevent/​stop soil erosion/​overfishing/​massive deforestation/​damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/​the rainforests/​an endangered speciesEnergy and resources conserve/​save/​consume/​waste energy manage/​exploit/​be rich in natural resources dump/​dispose of hazardous/​toxic/​nuclear waste dispose of/​throw away litter/(especially British English) rubbish/(especially North American English) garbage/(North American English) trash/​sewage use/​be made from recycled/​recyclable/​biodegradable material recycle bottles/​packaging/​paper/​plastic/​waste promote/​encourage recycling/​sustainable development/​the use of renewable energy develop/​invest in/​promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/​reliance on fossil fuels get/​obtain/​generate/​produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/​renewable sources build/​develop a (50-megawatt/​offshore) wind farm install/​be fitted with/​be powered by solar panels See related entries: Waste and pollution Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin pollut- ‘soiled, defiled’, from the verb polluere, based on the root of lutum ‘mud’.
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