Pollute



[puh-loot] /pəˈlut/

verb (used with object), polluted, polluting.
1.
to make foul or unclean, especially with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty:
to pollute the air with smoke.
2.
to make morally unclean; defile.
3.
to render ceremonially impure; desecrate:
to pollute a house of worship.
4.
Informal. to render less effective or efficient:
The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company’s service.
/pəˈluːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
2.
to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
3.
to desecrate or defile
v.

late 14c., “to defile,” a back formation from pollution, or else from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere “to defile, pollute, contaminate.” Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning “make physically foul” is from 1540s; specific sense “contaminate the environment” emerged from late 19c.

pollute pol·lute (pə-lōōt’)
v. pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing, pol·lutes

pol·lut’er n.

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