- to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.
Origin of fumigate
Related Words for fumigatedecontaminate, vaporize, deodorize, purify, sterilize, fan, sanitize, freshen, circulate, antisepticize
Examples from the Web for fumigate
Historical Examples of fumigate
Fumigate—To smoke a room, or any article needing to be cleansed.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
They carry their preventive with them; they sweat and fumigate all the day long.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When it is over, then he shall go, and we will fumigate the place.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete
It is used to fumigate buildings, being a valuable disinfectant.Memoranda on Poisons
Thomas Hawkes Tanner
"To fumigate after the prisence av a skunk," retorted Pat whimsically.The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp
Thornton W. Burgess
- to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
Word Origin for fumigate
Word Origin and History for fumigate
1520s, back-formation from fumigation. Related: Fumigated; fumigating.
- To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.