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noun [uncountable] contamination pronunciation in British English /kənˌtæmɪnˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

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  1. 1
    the process of making something dirty, polluted, or poisonous by adding a chemical, waste, or infection
    [ex] They are concerned about levels of contamination in our oceans.
  2. 2
    substances that make something dirty, polluted, or poisonous
    This contamination will take centuries to decay.
  3. 3
    the process of affecting someone or something in a negative way
    They wish to avoid what they see as contamination by more liberal societies.

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