[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fume cupboard,
  2. fumed,
  3. fumet,
  4. fumeuse,
  5. fumigant,
  6. fumigation,
  7. fumigator,
  8. fumigatory,
  9. fuming,
  10. fuming nitric acid

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


/ (ˈfjuːmɪˌɡeɪt) /


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



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

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Medicine definitions for fumigate


[ fyōōmĭ-gāt′ ]


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

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