AskDefine | Define decontaminate

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decontaminate v : rid of contamination; "The soil around the housing development had to be decontaminated by the city" [ant: contaminate]

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  1. To remove contamination from something, and thus render it safe.

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  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative|decontaminare#Italian, decontaminare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolve, acquit, amnesty, antisepticize, autoclave, boil, chlorinate, clear, delouse, destigmatize, discharge, disinfect, dismiss, dispense from, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, forgive, free, fumigate, give absolution, grant amnesty to, grant immunity, grant remission, hygienize, justify, let go, let off, nonpros, pardon, pasteurize, purge, quash the charge, release, remit, sanitate, sanitize, set free, shrive, sterilize, vindicate, whitewash, withdraw the charge
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