Definition of pollution in English:

pollution

noun

  • [mass noun] The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects:

    ‘the level of pollution in the air is rising’
    • ‘More energy is used to cool buildings and more air pollution is created in the form of smog.’
    • ‘The grime of industrial pollution is as far from a middle-class issue as you can get.’
    • ‘Our pollution will effect people in the world now, and people in the world in years to come.’
    • ‘Their environmental impact and contribution to the air pollution of York streets is nil.’
    • ‘They have also run projects for the children to look at pollution and environmental issues.’
    • ‘This is a wasteful process causing a net loss of nitrogen to the animal and pollution of the environment.’
    • ‘We are surrounded by pollution which animal tests have clearly failed to prevent.’
    • ‘Commercialisation has had the same kind of effect on sport as pollution has on rivers.’
    • ‘It would also support local jobs and reduce pollution and damage from excess freight.’
    • ‘Anglers have said for years that the countryside was being damaged by pollution of our waterways.’
    • ‘You might say that people will never do anything about pollution until someone makes them.’
    • ‘Greenery is a main aspect of our effort to improve air quality and reduce pollution.’
    • ‘Levels of pollution require drastic measures or else it will commit us to respiratory hell.’
    • ‘Governments are making slow progress with the issues of recycling and pollution.’
    • ‘Insidious pollution of the soil is the main cause of extinction of plant species in the UK.’
    • ‘People move or reduce physical activities when air pollution becomes intolerable.’
    • ‘Types of air pollution include particulate and gaseous emissions and odour pollution.’
    • ‘What a waste of our tax money and with such awful cost in pollution and damage.’
    • ‘We in the west need to give careful thought as to how we can reduce environmental pollution.’
    • ‘All it wanted was low levels of pollution and plenty of lime in the water.’
    contamination, contaminating, adulteration, adulterating, tainting, impurity, fouling, befouling, foulness, dirtiness, dirtying, soiling, filthiness, infection, infecting
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin pollutio(n-), from the verb polluere (see pollute).

Pronunciation:

pollution

/pəˈluːʃ(ə)n/