verb (used with object), con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing.
Origin of contaminate
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.
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?|Clive Irving|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The only remedy consists in burning the contaminated body, and then keeping the live-stock from the place where the victim fell.
The evil eye has been cast upon it, and no remedy exists but to sell the contaminated place at no matter what sacrifice.Indo-China and Its Primitive People|Henry Baudesson
Only the ardent appeals of the friars saved these unfortunates and their contaminated vessels from being sunk in Manila Bay.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines|Isabel Anderson
Incubate for forty-eight hours at 37° C. and reject any contaminated tubes.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
The innocent are often contaminated by association with the wicked; the vicious are more and more corrupted by their own excesses.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
British Dictionary definitions for contaminated
verb (kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt) (tr)
adjective (kənˈtæmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin for contaminate
Word Origin and History for contaminated
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.