contaminate


contaminate
01. The city's water supply became [contaminated] when an animal fell in, and drowned.
02. Dozens of people in the town of Walkerton fell ill after the local water supply became [contaminated] with E. coli bacteria.
03. The water here could be [contaminated], so you should boil it before drinking it.
04. We are exposed to a horrifying array of [contaminants] in our air, food and water.
05. The river has been [contaminated] with waste from a large-scale farming operation located nearby.
06. The [contamination] of the town of Chernobyl by the nuclear power plant there will take decades to clean up.
07. The food became [contaminated] with bacteria from spoiled meat.
08. A housefly can transport germs as far as 15 miles away from the original source of [contamination].
09. The positive atmosphere in the office was [contaminated] by the new secretary, who was a very negative, disagreeable person.
10. You should always boil your water when you go camping because it could be [contaminated].
11. Much of the soil in the southern region of Belarus has been [contaminated] by the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl.
12. Since the explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, one fifth of the total landmass of Belarus has become a zone of radioactive [contamination].
13. Many of the rural wells of Moldova are either drying up or are [contaminated] with minerals or bacteria.
14. According to a popular travel guide, aside from the possibility of [contaminated] drinking water in remote areas, Lesotho is a fairly safe place to visit, health-wise.
15. In 1957, nuclear wastes stored by the Soviet Union in a remote mountain region of the Urals exploded: radioactive [contamination] affected thousands of square miles, and several villages had to be permanently evacuated.
16. Many diseases are spread by [contaminated] food.
17. Indoor air pollution is caused by an accumulation of [contaminants] that come primarily from inside the building, although some originate outdoors.
18. Used batteries are the main source of lead [contamination] in the world.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • contaminate — contaminate, taint, attaint, pollute, defile mean to debase by making impure or unclean. Contaminate implies the presence or the influence of something external which by entering into or by coming in contact with a thing destroys or may destroy… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Contaminate — Con*tam i*nate ( n[asl]t), a. Contaminated; defiled; polluted; tainted. Contaminate drink. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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