transitive verb-·lut′ed, -·lut′ing
- to make unclean, impure, or corrupt; defile; dirty
- to contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
Origin of polluteMiddle English poluten from Classical Latin pollutus, past participle of polluere, to pollute from an unverified form por-, for per-, intensive + -luere, to soil from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, dirt from source Classical Greek lyma, dirt