Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To eliminate contamination in.
  • transitive verb To make safe by eliminating poisonous or otherwise harmful substances, such as noxious chemicals or radioactive material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To remove contamination or contaminants from, by a cleansing process; -- usually used of radioactive, infectious, or toxic materials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb rid of contamination

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Examples

  • Thus Mr. Cameron drafted advertising guru Steve Hilton to "decontaminate" its image.

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  • Sweden's Fredrik Reinfeldt defeated Sweden's dominant Social Democrats with his "New Moderate" strategy, and he has been an important model for David Cameron, whose strategy has been to "decontaminate" the brand of the British Conservatives by distancing himself from its Thatcherite legacy.

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  • Monsters protected by sterile uniforms rush in to "decontaminate" the area.

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  • In some cases, non-susceptible barrier crops are planted around a field in a 15-20 m wide strip to "decontaminate" sucking insects before they reach the susceptible crop.

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  • David Cameron used the environment to 'decontaminate' the Tories.

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  • But in his rush to 'decontaminate' the Tory Party of 'dinosaurs' such as Winterton, I do fear he is in danger of replacing one elite with another.

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  • Thus Mr. Cameron drafted advertising guru Steve Hilton to "decontaminate" its image.

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  • For now, however, Cameron should be praised for surprising his critics - including this one - with a bold move that, in a stroke, does as much to "decontaminate" the brand of Conservatism as have all his superficial image changes since 2005.

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  • They do not need a 'clause 4' moment or to 'decontaminate' themselves.

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  • A Voyager probe returns to earth, contaminates Ida, and the result is evil robot mayhem in an episode with many Die Hard allusions and the requisite sci-fi “strip down and decontaminate” scene.

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