- to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with something unclean, bad, etc.: to contaminate a lake with sewage.
- to render harmful or unusable by adding radioactive material to: to contaminate a laboratory.
- Obsolete. contaminated.
Origin of contaminate
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Related Words for contaminateharm, pollute, injure, tarnish, infect, taint, poison, corrupt, stain, sully, defile, pervert, debase, profane, soil, alloy, befoul, dirty, spoil, debauch
Examples from the Web for contaminate
Contemporary Examples of contaminate
The hope, according to Rucker, is that Beck threatens to contaminate Fox News' overall brand.Beck's Show Weathers Blow
October 7, 2009
Historical Examples of contaminate
His arm was out-stretched as if he feared to contaminate his uniform.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
They should be so located as not to contaminate the water supply.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
But why contaminate my name, by connecting it, in this instance, with such a wretch?
To contaminate is to make impure by mixture (touching together).Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Then the scapegoat is driven on to waste land, where it cannot contaminate anybody.Human Animals
- to make impure, esp by touching or mixing; pollute
- to make radioactive by the addition of radioactive material
- archaic contaminated
Word Origin for contaminate
Word Origin and History for contaminate
- To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
- To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.