contaminate


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contaminate

[kən′tam·ə‚nāt]
(science and technology)
To render unfit or to soil by the introduction of foreign or unwanted material.
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The psychoanalytic thesis is very simple in its constant restatement: that Shakespeare's tragedies (beginning with Hamlet), and problem plays (Troilus and Cressida, All's Well, and Measure for Measure), are preoccupied with "the nightmare of femaleness that can weaken and contaminate masculinity" (4).
Airborne lead expelled from the weapon can also contaminate food.