Definition of pollution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈluːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈluːʃn//
    [uncountable] Waste and pollution
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  1. 1  the process of making air, water, soil, etc. dirty; the state of being dirty air/water pollution to reduce levels of environmental pollution 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
  2. 2  substances that make air, water, soil, etc. dirty beaches covered with pollution See related entries: Waste and pollution
  3. 3noise/light pollution harmful or annoying levels of noise, or of artificial light at night
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin pollutio(n-), from the verb polluere, based on the root of lutum ‘mud’.Extra examples Environmentalists say there is a high risk of pollution from the landfill site. Heavy traffic flow is a major source of noise pollution in urban areas. Many athletes feel the effects of air pollution during outdoor exercise. The computer model assesses the likely impact of new pollution sources. The government has announced plans to tackle light pollution. The summit ended with a joint pledge to limit pollution. They emit 90% less pollution than standard models. a convention on combating atmospheric pollution a new market in pollution credits a survey by the government’s water pollution watchdog a tightening of water pollution standards the cost of air pollution in health and other terms A very small amount of pollution can have far-reaching effects. Pollution on British beaches is a serious problem. The new buses emit no more pollution than the average car.
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