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verb [transitive]     poison pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepoisoning
past tensepoisoned
past participlepoisoned
  1. 1
    to kill someone or make them very ill by giving them poison

    He was suspected of poisoning his wife.

    1. a.
      to put poison into food or drink because you want to kill someone or make them ill

      They have threatened to poison the city’s drinking water.

  2. 3
    to have a bad influence on something

    The decision had poisoned relations between Britain and France.

    poison someone’s mind:

    Do you believe that television is poisoning the minds of our children?

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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