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Meaning of pollute

pol•lute

Pronunciation: (pu-lt'), [key]
— -lut•ed, -lut•ing.
  1. to make foul or unclean, esp. with harmful chemical or waste products; dirty: to pollute the air with smoke.
  2. to make morally unclean; defile.
  3. to render ceremonially impure; desecrate: to pollute a house of worship.
  4. to render less effective or efficient: The use of inferior equipment has polluted the company's service.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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