Pollute meaning

pə-lo͝ot
To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter.
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To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.

The stadium lights polluted the sky around the observatory.

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To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt.

Felt that the minds of young people were hopelessly polluted by television ads.

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To make unclean, impure, or corrupt; defile; dirty.
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To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
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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.

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To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter.
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To make something or somewhere less suitable for some activity, especially by the introduction of some unnatural factor.

The lights from the stadium polluted the night sky, and we couldn't see the stars.

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To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonour.
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(rare) Polluted.
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To make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted product.

The factory polluted the river when it cleaned its tanks.

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(dated) To corrupt or profane.
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Origin of pollute

  • Middle English polluten from Latin polluere pollūt-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English polluten, from Latin pollÅ«tum, from pollÅ«tus (“no longer virgin", "unchaste"), perfect passive participle of polluō (“soil", "defile", "dishonor").

    From Wiktionary