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verb [transitive] contaminate pronunciation in British English /kənˈtæmɪneɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycontaminate
he/she/itcontaminates
present participlecontaminating
past tensecontaminated
past participlecontaminated
  1. 1
    to make something dirty, polluted, or poisonous by adding a chemical, waste, or infection
    Industrial sewage continues to contaminate our beaches.
  2. 2
    to affect something or someone in a negative way
    Children are becoming contaminated by the prevailing cynicism of the age.

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