transitive verb 1. (to make impure) Muchas de esas fábricas han emitido gases que contaminaban la atmósfera. Many of those factories have emitted gases that polluted the atmosphere. Las aguas residuales habían contaminado los cultivos. The sewage had contaminated the crops. 2. (to pervert) Muchos han acusado a la televisión de contaminar la mente de los jóvenes. Many have accused television of corrupting the minds of youth. 3. (to influence) Tras siglos de convivencia, el castellano está contaminado por el catalán y viceversa. After centuries of coexistence, Spanish is corrupted by Catalan and vice versa.
pronominal verb 4. (to become impure) Tras el atentado contra el oleoducto, el río se contaminó con petróleo crudo. After the attack on the pipeline, the river became polluted with crude oil. La muestra se contaminó con ADN exógeno. The sample became contaminated by exogenous DNA. contaminar
1 [+aire, mar] to pollute; [+alimentos, agua potable] to contaminate; [+ropa] to soil 2 [+texto] to corrupt; (Literat) to influence; affect
contaminarse [+alimentos, agua potable] to be contaminated; become contaminated; con with; de by; [+agua, aire] to become polluted
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