Definition of fumigate in US English:



[with object]
  • Apply the fumes of certain chemicals to (an area) to disinfect it or to rid it of vermin.

    ‘we got sulfur candles to fumigate the house’
    • ‘To provide that protection, growers often fumigate their fields before planting.’
    • ‘Termites have invaded the Bundy home and they have to spend the night in Al's shoe store while the house is being fumigated.’
    • ‘The U.S. State Department says that only large coca plantations are fumigated.’
    • ‘None of our neighbors got dengue fever because the area had been fumigated several times,’ Zaidah told the Post.’
    • ‘The first priest said he had tried sealing off the tower and fumigating it.’
    • ‘Phosphine readings should be taken from within the fumigated structure to insure proper gas concentrations.’
    • ‘Other people fumigate cockroach infested houses.’
    • ‘Researchers have developed a promising new technique for fumigating export consignments of Australian cut flowers using an environment-friendly phosphine formulation instead of methyl bromide.’
    • ‘The only way to eradicate these diseases is to sterilize or fumigate the soil.’
    • ‘In the Pacific Northwest, where much of the U.S. potato crop is grown, farmers often spend $250 an acre chemically fumigating their fields to get rid of the nematode before planting time.’
    • ‘Due to a lack of funding, the health office will only fumigate those areas where the disease has claimed lives.’
    • ‘‘Virtually all conventional spices sold in the United States are fumigated [sterilized] with hazardous chemicals that are banned in Europe,’ he says.’
    • ‘The most - intensively fumigated terrestrial sites have no vegetation, but further away a few pollution-tolerant species are present.’
    • ‘According to the Domestic Bursar, requests were received from students, ‘who had consulted various internet sites and believed their rooms could be fumigated without them having to move out’.’
    • ‘Do not fumigate a greenhouse adjoining a dwelling without notifying the occupants before fumigation.’
    • ‘When fields are fumigated, good and bad microbes alike may be wiped out.’
    • ‘But we have already taken action by fumigating the area to prevent new cases,’ Asep said.’
    • ‘Last year a record area was fumigated but there was a small increase in coca production.’
    • ‘These days, a house under attack from drywood termites may be chemically fumigated through a process known as tenting.’
    • ‘When a buyer calls, the seller suggests meeting in a parking lot or on a street corner, giving the excuse that his house is being fumigated or he has relatives visiting.’
    disinfect, purify, sterilize, sanitize, sanitate, decontaminate, cleanse, clean out
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Mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as fumigation, in the sense ‘the action of perfuming’): from Latin fumigat- ‘fumigated’, from the verb fumigare, from fumus ‘smoke’.