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Etymology edit

From Middle English polluten, borrowed from Latin pollūtum, from pollūtus (no longer virgin", "unchaste), perfect passive participle of polluō (soil", "defile", "dishonor).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /pəˈluːt/, /pəˈljuːt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːt

Verb edit

pollute (third-person singular simple present pollutes, present participle polluting, simple past and past participle polluted)

A polluting car in Lusaka (1)
  1. (transitive) To make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted product.
    The factory polluted the river when it cleaned its tanks.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. To corrupt or profane
    • 1952, Bible (Revised Standard Version, Revelation 21:8
      But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.
  4. To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonour.

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Adjective edit

pollute (comparative more pollute, superlative most pollute)

  1. (rare) Polluted; defiled.

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Adjective edit


  1. feminine plural of polluto

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Participle edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of pollūtus

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Verb edit


  1. Alternative form of polluten