verb (used with object), pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing.
Origin of pollute
Examples from the Web for pollute
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Look for this aquaculture to catch on as mankind, unfortunately, continues to pollute our waterways.
The sight of such a corpse is supposed to heap sin on them, and pollute them, so that they are unfit for temple worship.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
Factories may not pollute streams that furnish drinking water.Civics and Health|William H. Allen
Now they commit adultery, not only who pollute their flesh, but who also make an image.The Forbidden Gospels and Epistles, Complete|Archbishop Wake
To pollute the souls of children with the dogma of eternal pain—that is blasphemy.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
It will not pollute, if it be another's: if it pollute, it is not another's, but is shared also by the polluted.The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine
British Dictionary definitions for pollute
Word Origin for pollute
Word Origin and History for pollute
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.