contaminate contaminate  /kən ˈtæ mə ˌneɪt/


  1. (v) make impure
  2. (v) make radioactive by adding radioactive material


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  1. As a result, many of the agricultural pollutants that contaminate drinking water sources are often subject only to state or county regulations.
  2. Critics of Ventria's plans are concerned that the gene-altered rice could contaminate regular rice crops and pose a health risk to consumers, scaring off buyers.
  3. Environmentalists have long argued that coal ash, which can contaminate groundwater and poison aquatic environments, should be stored in lined landfills.



  1. Grade concluded: "Our audiences are savvier than the Government thinks. It is simply not in our interest to contaminate" programmes with product placement which would irritate them and prompt them to switch over.
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Michael Grade Source: Broadcastnow

  2. "We cannot let a single disagreement contaminate and undermine all the other issues," said Harper.
    on May 26, 2009 By: Stephen Harper Source: Ottawa Citizen

  3. "Immediate assistance is the last way to guarantee the stability of the euro area altogether," Merkel told lawmakers in Berlin today. "It must go forward so as not to unleash a chain reaction onto international markets that would contaminate...
    on May 5, 2010 By: Angela Merkel Source: BusinessWeek

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