[ fyoo-mi-geyt ]
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verb (used with object),fu·mi·gat·ed, fu·mi·gat·ing.
  1. to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.

Origin of fumigate

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin fūmigātus, past participle of fūmigāre “to smoke, fumigate,” equivalent to fūm(us) “smoke” + -igāre, combining form of agere “to drive, do”

Other words from fumigate

  • fu·mi·ga·tion [fyoo-mi-gey-shuhn], /ˌfyu mɪˈgeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • fu·mi·ga·to·ry [fyoo-mi-guh-tawr-ee, -gey-tuh-ree], /ˈfyu mɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌgeɪ tə ri/, adjective
  • un·fu·mi·gat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fumigate


/ (ˈfjuːmɪˌɡeɪt) /

  1. to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke

Origin of fumigate

C16: from Latin fūmigāre to smoke, steam, from fūmus smoke + agere to drive, produce

Derived forms of fumigate

  • fumigation, noun
  • fumigator, noun

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