verb (used with object), pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing.
Origin of pollute
British Dictionary definitions for nonpolluting (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for nonpolluting (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pollute
Word Origin and History for nonpolluting
late 14c., "to defile," a back formation from pollution, or else from Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere "to defile, pollute, contaminate." Related: Polluted; polluting. Meaning "make physically foul" is from 1540s; specific sense "contaminate the environment" emerged from late 19c.