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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pollute  \Pol*lute"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Polluted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Polluting}.]  [L.  pollutus  p.  p.  of  polluere  to 
  defile,  to  pollute,  from  a  prep.  appearing  only  in  comp.  + 
  luere  to  wash.  See  {Position},  {Lave}.] 
  1.  To  make  foul,  impure,  or  unclean;  to  defile;  to  taint;  to 
  soil;  to  desecrate;  --  used  of  physical  or  moral 
  The  land  was  polluted  with  blood.  --Ps.  cvi.  38 
  Wickedness  .  .  .  hath  polluted  the  whole  earth.  --2 
  Esd.  xv  6. 
  2.  To  violate  sexually;  to  debauch;  to  dishonor. 
  3.  (Jewish  Law)  To  render  ceremonially  unclean;  to  disqualify 
  or  unfit  for  sacred  use  or  service,  or  for  social 
  Neither  shall  ye  pollute  the  holy  things  of  the 
  children  of  Israel,  lest  ye  die.  --Num.  xviii. 
  They  have  polluted  themselves  with  blood.  --Lam.  iv 
  Syn:  To  defile;  soil;  contaminate;  corrupt;  taint;  vitiate; 
  debauch;  dishonor;  ravish. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pollute  \Pol*lute"\,  a.  [L.  pollutus.] 
  Polluted.  [R.]  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  :  make  impure;  "The  industrial  wastes  polluted  the  lake"  [syn: 
  {foul},  {contaminate}] 

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