pol|lute

pol|lute
pol|lute «puh LOOT», transitive verb, -lut|ed, -lut|ing.
1. to make physically impure, foul, or dirty; contaminate: »

The water at the bathing beach was polluted by refuse from the factory. Nature, as well as man, pollutes the air in myriad ways (Scientific American).

2. to make ceremonially or morally impure; defile; sully.
[< Latin pollūtus, past participle of polluere to soil, defile]
pol|lut´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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