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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contaminate  \Con*tam"i*nate\  (k[o^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t),  v.  t. 
  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contaminated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Contaminating}.]  [L.  contaminatus  p.  p.  of  contaminare  to 
  bring  into  contact  to  contaminate,  fr  contamen  contagion, 
  for  contagmen  con-  +  root  of  tangere  to  touch.  See 
  {Contact}.] 
  To  soil,  stain,  or  corrupt  by  contact  to  tarnish;  to  sully; 
  to  taint;  to  pollute;  to  defile. 
 
  Shall  we  now  Contaminate  our  figures  with  base  bribes? 
  --Shak. 
 
  I  would  neither  have  simplicity  imposed  upon  nor 
  virtue  contaminated.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  Syn:  To  pollute;  defile;  sully;  taint;  tarnish;  soil;  stain; 
  corrupt. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contaminate  \Con*tam"i*nate\  (-n[asl]t),  a. 
  Contaminated;  defiled;  polluted;  tainted.  ``Contaminate 
  drink.''  --Daniel. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contaminate 
  v  1:  make  impure;  "The  industrial  wastes  polluted  the  lake"  [syn: 
  {pollute},  {foul}] 
  2:  make  radioactive  by  adding  radioactive  material;  "Don't 
  drink  the  water--it's  copntaminated"  [ant:  {decontaminate}] 




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