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decontaminate

[ dee-kuhn-tam-uh-neyt ]
/ 藢di k蓹n藞t忙m 蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路con路tam路i路nated, de路con路tam路i路nat路ing.
to make (an object or area) safe for unprotected personnel by removing, neutralizing, or destroying any harmful substance, as radioactive material or poisonous gas.
to make free of contamination; purify: to decontaminate a sickroom.
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Origin of decontaminate

First recorded in 1935鈥40; de- + contaminate

OTHER WORDS FROM decontaminate

de路con路tam路i路na路tion, nounde路con路tam路i路na路tive, adjectivede路con路tam路i路na路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decontaminate

decontaminate
/ (藢di藧k蓹n藞t忙m瑟藢ne瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to render (an area, building, object, etc) harmless by the removal, distribution, or neutralization of poisons, radioactivity, etc

Derived forms of decontaminate

decontaminant, noundecontamination, noundecontaminative, adjectivedecontaminator, noun
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