- 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
Synonyms for contaminateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for contaminatedharm, pollute, injure, tarnish, infect, taint, poison, corrupt, stain, sully, defile, pervert, debase, profane, soil, alloy, befoul, dirty, spoil, debauch
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Contemporary Examples of contaminated
Then, Rogen convinces Franco to drink some contaminated water from a stream—which causes the 127 Hours Oscar nominee to dry-heave.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.Queen's Horse Tests Positive For Morphine
July 22, 2014
As for an investigation, the crash site has already been contaminated by local forces.Why Was Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Flying Through a War Zone?
July 17, 2014
What little evidence there is has been contaminated by the performance of the Malaysian authorities.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370
March 16, 2014
Some may also have been infected through tattoos and piercings with contaminated needles.There’s a Life Saving New Drug. But You Can’t Afford It.
Kaiser Health News
February 28, 2014
Historical Examples of contaminated
The joke was 'contaminated' round among them, and they enjoyed it.
I should kill him this instant for the contaminated pariah he is!The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
Who were the members of my family I had contaminated or corrupted?Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service
Charles James Lever
An infectious material is one contaminated with germs of infection.
You see, what Thurston didn't realize was that his cultures were contaminated.Pandemic
Jesse Franklin Bone
- to make impure, esp by touching or mixing; pollute
- to make radioactive by the addition of radioactive material
- archaic contaminated
Word Origin for contaminate
- To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
- To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.