Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
  • intransitive v. To employ smoke or fumes in order to exterminate or disinfect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To disinfect, purify, or rid of vermin with the fumes of certain chemicals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To apply smoke to; to expose to smoke or vapor; to purify, or free from infection, by the use of smoke or vapors.
  • transitive v. To smoke; to perfume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To apply smoke to; expose to the action of smoke.
  • Specifically To expose to the action of fumes (as of sulphur), as in disinfecting apartments, clothing, etc.
  • To perfume.
  • To darken the color of (wood) in imitation of the effect of age and smoke. The process is also known as fuming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests

Etymologies

Latin fūmigāre, fūmigāt-, to smoke : fūmus, smoke + agere, to drive, make; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fūmus "smoke" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pat Quinn is backing away from Speaker Michael Madigan's broad plan to "fumigate" the government's ranks with job cuts, bill would have purged as many as 3,000 state employees hired or appointed by disgraced former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The governor is promising to "fumigate" state government by reviewing Blagojevich agencies and appointees to make sure everyone's doing his job and following the law.

    Market News

  • George Ryan to recommend ways to "fumigate" state government.

    The Capitol Fax Blog

  • Pat Quinn to come up quickly with ways to "fumigate" state government.

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  • Pat Quinn has said he wants to "fumigate" government.

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  • Pat Quinn vowed to "fumigate" state government of top officials hired by former Gov.

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  • Still, most of the six - a seventh candidate, Andy McKenna, did not participate - rejected proposals to "fumigate" state government by firing most of the people hired by the past two governors.

    The Seattle Times

  • The disclosure came after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes attacked Quinn for not adhering to his pledge to "fumigate" state government by purging the payroll of dozens of Blagojevich holdovers whose hiring records were subpoenaed by federal investigators since

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  • Quinn named Adams to head the state's African trade office starting in January, despite the controversy over her use of drivers and his promise last spring to "fumigate" state government of former Gov.

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  • Pat Quinn's pledge to "fumigate" Illinois government of top Blagojevich hires.

    The Capitol Fax Blog

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