fumigate

[ fyoo-mi-geyt ]
/ ˈfyu mɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), fu·mi·gat·ed, fu·mi·gat·ing.

to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.

Origin of fumigate

1520–30; < Latin fūmigātus, past participle of fūmigāre to smoke, fumigate, equivalent to fūm(us) smoke + -igāre (v. suffix based on -ig-, noun derivative of agere to drive, do, as in remex, stem remig- oarsman, hence remigāre to row)
Related formsfu·mi·ga·tion, nounfu·mi·ga·to·ry [fyoo-mi-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -gey-tuh-ree] /ˈfyu mɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˌgeɪ tə ri/, adjectivesub·fu·mi·ga·tion, nounun·fu·mi·gat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fumigate

fumigate

/ (ˈfjuːmɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb

to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
Derived Formsfumigation, nounfumigator, noun

Word Origin for fumigate

C16: from Latin fūmigāre to smoke, steam, from fūmus smoke + agere to drive, produce
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Word Origin and History for fumigate

fumigate


v.

1520s, back-formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.

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Medicine definitions for fumigate

fumigate

[ fyōōmĭ-gāt′ ]

v.

To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
Related formsfu′mi•gation n.
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