pol|lute [pəˈlu:t] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of polluere]
1.) to make air, water, soil etc dangerously dirty and not suitable for people to use
beaches polluted by raw sewage
The factory pollutes the air and water.
heavily/severely/badly etc polluted
The island has been seriously polluted by a copper mine.
pollute sth with sth
The rivers had been polluted with aluminium.
2.) to spoil or ruin something that used to be good
an artist spiritually polluted by money and fame
3.) pollute sb's mind
to give someone immoral thoughts and spoil their character
Violence on television is polluting the minds of our children.

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