verb (used with object), con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing.
Origin of contaminate
Examples from the Web for contaminate
The hope, according to Rucker, is that Beck threatens to contaminate Fox News' overall brand.
How could I know a wretched exile had returned to contaminate the soil with foreign vulgarity?Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
When higher authority winks at its existence among the rank and file, it will contaminate upward as well as down.The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense
Your own life is your own to do what you like with, but you've no right to contaminate others.The Lonely Unicorn|Alec Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for contaminate
verb (kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt) (tr)
adjective (kənˈtæmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin for contaminate
Word Origin and History for contaminate
early 15c., from Old French contaminer, from Latin contaminatus, past participle of contaminare "to defile," from contamen "contact, pollution," from com- "together" (see com-) + *tag-, base of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Related: Contaminant (1934); contaminable.