- (transitive) To make something dangerous or toxic by introducing impurities or foreign matter.
- This water is contaminated. It isn't safe to drink.
- (transitive) To soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Shall we now / Contaminate our figures with base bribes?
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- I would neither have simplicity imposed upon, nor virtue contaminated.
- (transitive) To make unfit for use by the introduction of unwholesome or undesirable elements.
- Do not contaminate the peanut butter with the jelly.
- To infect, often with bad objects
To introduce impurities or foreign matter
- contaminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- contaminate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- contaminate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- second-person plural present of
- second-person plural imperative of
- feminine plural past participle of