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Adjective: contaminated  kun'ta-mi,ney-tid
  1. Corrupted by contact or association
    "contaminated evidence"
  2. Rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution
    "had to boil the contaminated water";
    - polluted
Verb: contaminate  kun'ta-mi,neyt
  1. Make impure in a bad way; make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted substance
    "The industrial wastes contaminated the lake";
    - pollute, foul
  2. Make radioactive by adding radioactive material
    "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"

See also: impure, mercury-contaminated

Type of: alter, begrime, bemire [archaic], change, colly [archaic], dirty, grime, modify, soil

Antonym: decontaminate, uncontaminated

Encyclopedia: Contaminated