Antonyms of verb contaminate

1 of 2 senses of contaminate

Sense 2
contaminate -- (make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated")
       Antonym of decontaminate (Sense 1)
      => decontaminate -- (rid of contamination; "The soil around the housing development had to be decontaminated by the city")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb contaminate

2 senses of contaminate

Sense 1
pollute, foul, contaminate -- (make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake")
       => dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire -- (make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!")

Sense 2
contaminate -- (make radioactive by adding radioactive material; "Don't drink the water--it's contaminated")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj contaminated

2 senses of contaminated

Sense 1
contaminated (vs. uncontaminated) -- (corrupted by contact or association; "contaminated evidence")

uncontaminated (vs. contaminated) -- (not corrupted by contact or association; "there is no culture uncontaminated by contact with the outside world")

Sense 2
contaminated, polluted -- (rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution; "had to boil the contaminated water"; "polluted lakes and streams")

INDIRECT (VIA impure) -> pure -- (free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen")

Similarity of adj contaminated

2 senses of contaminated

Sense 1
contaminated (vs. uncontaminated) -- (corrupted by contact or association; "contaminated evidence")
       => mercury-contaminated -- (contaminated by mercury)

Sense 2
contaminated, polluted -- (rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution; "had to boil the contaminated water"; "polluted lakes and streams")
       => impure (vs. pure) -- (combined with extraneous elements)

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