3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contaminate \Con*tam"i*nate\ (-n[asl]t), adjective Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted. "Contaminate drink." --Daniel.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contaminate \Con*tam"i*nate\ (k[o^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Contaminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contaminating}.] [L. contaminatus, p. p. of contaminare to bring into contact, to contaminate, fr. contamen contagion, for contagmen; con- + root of tangere to touch. See {Contact}.] To soil, stain, or corrupt by contact; to tarnish; to sully; to taint; to pollute; to defile.

Shall we now Contaminate our figures with base bribes? --Shak.

I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated. --Goldsmith.

Syn: To pollute; defile; sully; taint; tarnish; soil; stain; corrupt.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake" [syn: {pollute}, {foul}, {contaminate}]

2: make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated" [ant: {decontaminate}]

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