to render ceremonially impure; desecrate: to pollute a house of worship.
Informal. to render less effective or efficient: The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
- pol·lut·er, noun
- pol·lu·tive, adjective
- non·pol·lut·ing, adjective
- un·pol·lut·ing, adjective
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How to use pollute in a sentence
Oil also still accounts for a large share of polluting emissions due to its use in powering cars and trucks.Solar power got cheap. So why aren’t we using it more? | Ula Chrobak | January 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
“I think that’s really neat, because otherwise, this stuff would have just sat there, polluting the environment,” he said.Amateur Baltimore historian unearths new passion for archaeology | Angela Roberts | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
That’s because all the federal and state permits require knowing first what’s polluting it.Who Owns the Tijuana River – and Who Needs Its Water Most | MacKenzie Elmer and Vicente Calderón | January 11, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
This year, Oregon State University released two studies which found logging can cause long-lasting water shortages and pollute drinking water with herbicides and dirt.Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price. | by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive | January 1, 2021 | ProPublica
The cartoonist boldly drew and held the line against merchandising his creation, lest commercial tie-ins pollute the purity of the creator and reader experience.‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago. Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still. | Michael Cavna | December 31, 2020 | Washington Post
Heaven forbid we pollute young minds with such right-wing neocon propaganda!
We pollute, but our feeble efforts at cleanup have been largely unsuccessful.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault | Lisa-ann Gershwin | June 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Livestock degrade land, contribute to climate change, pollute water, and destroy biodiversity.Meat Glue, Pink Slime, Health Risks & More Reasons to Never Eat Meat | The Daily Beast | March 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Look for this aquaculture to catch on as mankind, unfortunately, continues to pollute our waterways.
Moreover, a neighbor may pollute the water supply, foul the air, and adulterate the food.Euthenics, the science of controllable environment | Ellen H. Richards
And hence, bound by religion, they did not dare to pollute fire destined for daily uses with any uncleanliness.
His pause attracted the notice of one of the unhappy beings whom we suffer to pollute our streets and rot in our hospitals.Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Thus the Papists began again to pollute the land, which God had lately plagued.
The sound of his voice should never be suffered to pollute the Hall of the Representatives of the American people.
British Dictionary definitions for pollute
to contaminate, as with poisonous or harmful substances
to make morally corrupt or impure; sully
to desecrate or defile
- polluter, noun
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