- To pollute is to dirty, contaminate or corrupt something or someone.
When you dump toxic waste into water, this is an example of a time when you pollute the water.
pollute definition by Webster's New World
- to make unclean, impure, or corrupt; defile; dirty
- to contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
Origin: Middle English poluten ; from Classical Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere, to pollute ; from an unverified form por-, for per-, intensive plush -luere, to soil ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, dirt from source Classical Greek lyma, dirt
pollute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing, pol·lutes
- To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter. See Synonyms at contaminate.
- To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors: The stadium lights polluted the sky around the observatory.
- To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt.
- To make ceremonially impure; profane: “Churches and altars were polluted by atrocious murders” (Edward Gibbon).
Origin: Middle English polluten, from Latin polluere, pollūt-.
- pol·lutˈer noun
pollute - Medical Definition
- To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.
- To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.
- polluter noun